Lionel Kearns

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Lionel John Kearns (born February 16, 1937) is a Canadian poet and teacher.

Kearns was born in Nelson, British Columbia, and attended the University of British Columbia, where he was a student of Earle Birney. He later taught at Simon Fraser University.


  • Songs of Circumstance – 1963
  • Pointing – 1967
  • By the Light of the Silvery Mclune – 1969
  • Practising Up to Be Human – 1978
  • Ignoring the Bomb – 1982
  • Convergences – 1984
  • Foreign Aid
  • Environment


  • Jim Andrews, On Lionel Kearns: A binary meditation on or contemporary wreading of the work of Lionel Kearns (2004).
  • Lianne Moyes, "Dialoguing the Monologue of History and Lyric: Lionel Kearns' Convergences", Open Letter 7, 5 (Summer 1989),15–27.
  • Manina Jones, "Log Entries: Exploring discursive space in Lionel Kearns Convergences", in Douglas Barber, ed., Beyond Tish'. (1991)

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