Collected Poems 1943 - 1995 by Kendrick Smithyman edited & with notes by Margaret Edgcumbe & Peter Simpson
PART VIII: Festives People Places Pictures Book
This book includes poems written during or about a month long trip to Canada, specifically British Columbia and Ontario which KS made in October, during the (northern) fall of 1981. The occasion of the visit was an invitation to attend the Harbour Front International Writers’ Festival in Toronto, 20-25 October. The poem notes incorporate and extend notes prepared by KS. These were of two sorts; first, in CHARACTERS AND WALK ON PARTS he identified many (but not all) of the people referred to in the poems, saying: ‘Not all the people who appear in these pages are fictitious. I have been asked to provide some identification of some of the Real People, in order of appearance’; second, in NOTES KS wrote: ‘Quotations within the texts as far as I can now identify them come from the following, to which and to whom acknowledgments are accordingly made’. These references are given in the form in which he provided them followed by KS in brackets; other notes supplied by the editors follow. Some passages from letters written by KS to his wife Margaret Edgcumbe (ME) during his travels are included.