About Zachariah Wells

Zachariah Wells is a Canadian poet and critic. He is the Reviews Editor for Canadian Notes & Queries. He has contributed to many Canadian periodicals, including Books in Canada, Quill & Quire and Maisonneuve. Insomniac Press published his full-length collection of poems, Unsettled. His anthology of Canadian sonnets, Jailbreaks, was published in 2008. In 2009, Wells published Track & Trace, his second trade collection of poems, with illustrations by renowned graphic artist Seth. Track & Trace was shortlisted for the 2010 Atlantic Poetry Prize. In 2010, he published The Essential Kenneth Leslie, the first collection of Leslie's poems to be published since 1972.

Zachariah Wells Has written the following articles:

The Moving Scene: The Poetry of Descriptions

In one of the great misreadings of one poet by another, John Keats complained to his publisher that, in the poetry of John Clare, “the Description too much prevailed over the Sentiment.” For his part, Clare felt that Keats’s  “descriptions of scenery are often very fine but as it is the case with other inhabitants of great cities he often described nature as she appeared to his fancies & not as he would have described her had he witnessed the things he describes.” Clare and Keats were almost exact contemporaries, shared a publisher and were both social outsiders, but their poetics occupied about as much common ground as the neighbourhoods they grew up in.… continue reading...

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A Claptrap Canon: On the Modern Canadian Poets Anthology by Zachariah Wells


Anthologies, particularly those dedicated to presenting the poetry of a particular stretch of geopolitical space-time, are, by necessity, Procrustean beds. Thousands of poets producing work over many decades get pruned to a mere few dozen names.… continue reading...

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