With the disappearance of the family farm, rural life has changed dramatically in Canada and the U.S. John B. Lee, who grew up on a southwestern Ontario sheep farm, returns to his roots to write about
With the disappearance of the family farm, rural life has changed dramatically in Canada and the U.S. John B. Lee, who grew up on a southwestern Ontario sheep farm, returns to his roots to write about the hired hand, the lambing season, driving a tractor through the rutted flat fields, and bringing in the fall harvest. His poems are stories about real people who worked the land, saved every penny they earned, and dressed up on Sundays to pray and sing in the United Church in town. These are narratives by John B. Lee, the poet laureate of Brantford and Norfolk County, speak of that time in the 1950s in the midst of a recession, but also of the 1960s when this boy on the farm looked at a way to leave rural life to become a teacher and a writer. Although he made his exit, and turned his back on the farm, he never forgot those roots. This is his journey back to that time.
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Born and raised in Southwestern Ontario, near Highgate, John was supposed to be the 5th generation John to take over the family farm. He abandoned this legacy to become a poet. John has published over 50 books and his work has appeared internationally in over 500 publications. He is the poet laureate of Norfolk Country and Brantford, Ontario and he has won 70 awards, including Black Moss Press' inaugural Souwesto Award. He is the only two-time recipient of the People's Poetry Award. John currently lives in Port Dover, Ontario where he works as a full time author.