Sunday, March 06, 2005

The Angry Penguins

...was a literary and artistic movement that rattled Australia in the 1940s. The Angry Penguins. What a great name. Sure Canada has its Montreal movement of the 1930s and 1940s and British Columbia's Tish movement of the 1960s, but they lack catchy names. Regardless, the idea of being part of an arts movement appeals to me. Mostly I wonder what it's like for those artists and writers to look back at their angry penguin days. The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature tells me that our canon is now diversified enough that it's unlikely I'll ever be part of such a movement. Perhaps the days of The Angry Penguins are gone.

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