Robert Flanagan, husband, father, brother, and poet passed away last Thursday, October 29th. “Bob” leaves behind his wife Eleanor, children Nick and Sarah, and siblings Lynette, Bernie, Cathy, Ed, Jim, Elizabeth, Patricia, and Mary Ellen.
Robert Flanagan was an accomplished poet, with many publications under his belt. Margaret Atwood described Flanagan’s poetry by stating, “Flanagan penetrates his own or our condition like a spy or shape-changer, investigating with a view to demolition”. His early poetry included the titles Canada First, Incisions, Gravity, and On the Ground. In 2000, Flanagan released The Great Light Cage with Guernica Editions. The Great Light Cage was followed by Strong Conviction, An Ayako Ellen Anderson Book and A Place in the World, published by Guernica in 2009. Robert Flanagan’s literary papers were acquired by the National Library in 1999. He will be missed.