Canadian poet and editor Milton Acorn was born in 1923. His books of poetry include I've Tasted My Blood (1969), More Poems for People (1972), Captain Neal MacDougal & The Naked Goddess (1982), and Dig Up My Heart: Selected Poems 1932-1983. His book The Island Means Minago (1975) received the Governor General's Award for poetry. His work often employs human speech rhythms and vivid natural imagery, while expressing nationalist, political sentiments. He served in the Canadian Armoured Corps in World War II, spending most of his time in England. He lived in Vancouver, Toronto, and Prince Edward Island before his death in 1986.

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