Steven McCaffery (born January 24, 1947) is a Canadian poet and scholar who was a professor at York University. He currently holds the David Gray Chair at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. McCaffery was born in Sheffield, England and lived in the UK for most of his youth attending University of Hull.
He moved to Toronto in 1968. In 1970, he began to collaborate with fellow poets Rafael Barreto-Rivera, Paul Dutton, and bpNichol, forming the sound-poetry group, The Four Horsemen. Some of McCaffery's poetry attempts to break language from the logic of syntax and structure to create a purely emotional response. He has created three-dimensional structures of words and has released a number of sound and video works, often in collaboration with other poets.
- Carnival – 1967–1975
- Dr. Sadhu's Muffins – 1974
- Ow's Waif – 1975
- Sound Poetry – A Survey – 1978
- Intimate Distortions – 1979
- Knowledge Never Knew – 1983
- Panopticon – 1984
- North of Intention: Critical Writings 1973–1986 – 1986
- Evoba – 1987
- The Black Debt – 1989
- Theory of Sediment – 1991 (nominated for a Governor General's Award)
- The Cheat of Words – 1996
- Seven Pages Missing – 2000 (nominated for a Governor General's Award)
- Prior to Meaning: The Protosematic and Poetics – 2001
- The Basho Variations – 2007
- "Steve McCaffery - Department of English - University at Buffalo". www.buffalo.edu. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
- ::Arc Poetry::How Poems Work::David Seymour on Steven McCaffery's "Position of Sheep I":: Archived November 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- Project MUSE
- CARNIVAL, Steve McCaffery Archived June 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
- U B U W E B :: Steve McCaffery "Sound Poetry – A Survey"
- McCaffery Programs
- Buffalo EPC
- Reading at SUNY-Buffalo
- Rain Taxi interview with McCaffery
- Records of Steve McCaffery are held by Simon Fraser University's Special Collections and Rare Books
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