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Raymond Souster
Raymond Holmes Souster (born 15 January 1921) is a Canadian poet. Born in Toronto, Ontario, he grew up and continues to live in the Humberside area of the city. Souster joined the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in 1939 and, apart from his service in World War II, worked there until his retirement in 1985. With Louis Dudek and Irving Layton he collaborated on CONTACT magazine and Contact Press. Souster helped to establish the League of Canadian Poets and, from 1967 to 1972, served as the first president of the organization. Souster's The Colour of the Times won the 1964 Governor General's Award for poetry. Hanging In (1979) won the City of Toronto Book Award in 1980. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1995. Souster's Uptown Downtown (2006) was nominated for the 2007 City of Toronto Book Award.

the band played waltzing matilda
Now when I was a young man I carried me pack
And I lived the free life of the rover.
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november 24, 1992
November squats
on the ruins of the year
ready to shit out winter.
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