Excerpt from Stick Your Neck Out
Atuk, the incomparable, came to Toronto from Baffin Bay in 1960. As every Canadian schoolboy now knows, it was out there on the tundra that the young Eskimo had been befriended by a Royal Canadian Mounted Police man who had fed and clothed him and taught him Eng lish. At first Sergeant jock Wilson, generous to a fault but no man of letters, had discouraged Atuk from writing poetry. He had pointed out to the lad that verses would not get him the bigger, better igloo he craved and, what's more, his writing was ungrammatical. But when Atuk persisted, Sergeant Wilson showed his poems around to the fellows at the local trading post. The clerks, as he expected, could not detect even a feeble talent, but a Visiting advertising executive, Rory Peel, was impressed. It's a gasser, he said. A real gasser.
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