Paul Dutton

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Paul Dutton (* 1943 in Toronto ) is a Canadian poet, author and improvisation musician.


Dutton wrote phonetic poetry early on and was a member of the poet group The Four Horsemen between 1970 and 1988 (with Rafael Barreto-Rivera , Steve McCaffery and bpNichol ). With PC Fencott he released the album Blues, Roots, Legends, Shouts & Hollers in 1980 . He then worked with John Oswald and Michael Snow and has been a member of the CCMC improvisation ensemble since 1989 . He could be seen at poetry festivals in Germany, France and Venezuela as well as at music festivals in Canada, Argentina and the Netherlands.

He has also performed with John Butcher , Bob Ostertag , Phil Durrant , John Russell , Lee Ranaldo , Christian Marclay , Günter Christmann , Thomas Charmetant, Xavier Charles and Jacques Di Donato . With Jaap Blonk , Koichi Makigami, Phil Minton and David Moss he founded the group Five Men Singing , which performed at the festival in Victoriaville.

Prizes and awards

Dutton received the bpNichol Chapbook Award in 1989 . In 1998 he received a Villa Waldberta scholarship . In 2007 he received the Dora Mavor Moore Award from the Toronto Association of Performing Arts .



with The Four Horsemen
  • Horse D'Oeuvres (General Publishing, 1975)
  • The Prose Tattoo (Membrane Press, 1983)
with Sandra Braman
  • Spokesheards (Longspoon Press, 1983)
  • Best Canadian Essays 1990. (Fifth House Publishers, 1990).
  • Hard Times: A New Fiction Anthology. (Mercury Press, 1990).
  • Carnival. ( Insomniac Press , 1996).
  • The Echoing Years: Contemporary Canadian & Irish Verse (School of Humanities Publications, Waterford Institute of Technology, 2007)
  • In Fine Form: The Canadian Book of Form Poetry (Polestar, 2005)
  • Fümms bö wö taä zää uu: Voices and sounds of sound poetry , (Scholzverlag, 2002); ISBN 978-3-9521258-8-5

Sound recordings

  • Blues, Roots, Legends, Shouts & Hollers (Starborne Productions LP, STB-0180, 1980)
  • Mouth Pieces (OHM Éditions, 2000) AVTR 021
  • Oralizations (Ambiances Magnétiques, 2005) AM 130

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ↑ Brief portrait ( Memento from January 28, 2011 in the Internet Archive )