David Solway

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David Solway (born 8 December 1941) is a Canadian poet, educational theorist, travel writer and literary critic of Jewish descent.

He is a member of the Jubilate Circle and formerly a teacher of English Literature at John Abbott College. He has spent most of his life in the Montreal area and now lives in Hudson, Quebec.

Solway is known for his work both as a poet, essayist and as a teacher, as well as for his polemical outspokenness, especially in opposition to Islam and in defense of Zionism, George W. Bush and the war on terror. He has contributed political commentary to the conservative websites WorldNetDaily and PJ Media.

For inspiration, he invented a Greek poet named Andreas Karavis as a heteronym, whose work he published in apparent translation.



  • The Road to Arginos (1976)
  • Twelve Sonnets (1978)
  • Mephistopheles and the Astronaut (1979)
  • Stones in Water (1983)
  • Modern Marriage (1987)
  • Bedrock (1993)
  • Chess Pieces (1999)
  • Saracen Island: The Poetry of Andreas Karavis (as Andreas Karavis; 2000)
  • The Lover's Progress: Poems after William Hogarth (2001)
  • Franklin's Passage (2003)
  • The Pallikari Of Nesmine Rifat (as Nesmine Rifat; 2005)
  • Reaching for Clear: The Poetry of Rhys Savarin (2007) (winner of the A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry)
  • Windsurfing (2008)

Essays and criticism[edit]

  • Education Lost (1989)
  • Random Walks
  • Lying about the Wolf: Essays in Culture & Education (1997)
  • The Turtle Hypodermic of Sickenpods: Liberal Studies in the Corporate Age (2000)
  • An Andreas Karavis Companion (2000)
  • Director's Cut (2003)
  • The Big Lie: On Terror, Antisemitism, and Identity (2007)
  • Hear, O Israel! (2009)

See also[edit]


  • New, W. H., ed. The Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002. p. 1058.
  • Carmine Starnino, ed. David Solway, Essays on His Works (2001)

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