This short film documents poet Patrick Woodcock's 2001 journey to the Maimonides Geriatric Centre in Montreal to bring his hero, the legendary poet Irving Layton, a bottle of wine. It is a humble token of a young poet's admiration and gratitide for this maestro's life and work. Though he was ailing from Alzheimer's disease at the time of filming, the archival recordings of Layton at the height of his vigour used in the film demonstrate his powerful charisma and literary genius.
Fellow poet John Stiles is behind the camera, and the film was edited by Ian Harvey with music by The Church.
Later this spring, Patrick Woodcock will launch his latest collection of poetry Always Die Before Your Mother.
Once again, I shed tears, happy, sad, for the brilliance of this poet. What a splendid piece is this video. Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention.
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