Jamie Reid (Canadian poet)

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Jamie Reid (1941-2015) was a Canadian poet, writer, and arts organizer/activist. He was born in Timmins, Ontario and came of age on the west coast of Canada.

Reid co-founded the influential poetry journal TISH in Vancouver in 1961 with George Bowering, Frank Davey and Fred Wah.[1] He published his first collection of poems, The Man Whose Path Was on Fire, in 1969. A short time later he joined the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist)[2] and for a time stopped writing poetry in favour of political work "because [he] didn’t have a way of working the language of politics into the language of poetry."

Reid returned to poetry and cultural criticism in the late 1980s, with a special interest in jazz expressed in many of his works. There is a 25-year gap between his first book of poetry and his later books.[3] Married to painter Carol Reid since the 1960s, his home in North Vancouver continued to be a hub of literary activism and activity, from small press experiments like the local/international avant garde magazine DaDaBaBy to events and memoir writings in honour of a variety of literary figures.



  • The Man Whose Path Was on Fire (1969)
  • Prez: Homage to Lester Young (1994, 2010)
  • Mad Boys (1997)
  • I. Another. The Space Between: Selected Poems (2004)
  • homages (2009)


  • Diana Krall: The Language of Love (2002)
  • Chris Isaak: Wicked Games (2006)


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