Joe Rosenblatt Critical Essays

Introduction

Rosenblatt, Joe 1933–

Rosenblatt is lauded by critics as one of Canada's most imaginative poets for his fantasies exploring the secret world of insects, animals, and plant life. Rosenblatt, who is thematically concerned with innocence versus sin, says of his work, "My poems never devour the reader; instead, by the use of comic situations, they anesthetize him." He has recently begun illustrating his own work and also edits Jewish Dialog, a literary quarterly. Rosenblatt won the Governor General's Award in 1976 for Top Soil. (See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 89-92.)