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Steven Heighton


Steven Heighton received the Governor General’s Award for Poetry for his 2016 collection The Waking Comes Late. His most recent book is a novel, The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep published by Hamish Hamilton Canada. His fiction and poetry have appeared in the LRB, Zoetrope, Tin House, Best American Poetry, Best American Mystery Stories and the Walrus. He lives in Kingston, ON, and at stevenheighton.com.

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Why doesn’t anyone in North America say barmy for balmy? According to my research, Barmy came first and still enjoys a jolly life. But most North American dictionaries don’t even mention the earlier Scots barmy. 

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