The Essential Kay Smith

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The Porcupine's Quill, Oct 28, 2019 - Poetry - 64 pages

Over the course of her lengthy career, New Brunswick poet Kay Smith published in some of Canada’s finest literary journals. Her work displays a sophisticated fusion of images, metaphors and symbols, forgoing clear connections in favour of fractured grammar, surprising diction and her own unique poetic mythology. In Smith’s poetry, images are not signs of meaning or emotion, but rather forms of being—underpinned by her religious faith, her aptitude for metaphysical inquiry and her belief in the purity and wonder of the imagined world.

The Essential Poets Series presents the works of Canada’s most celebrated poets in a package that is beautiful, accessible and affordable. The Essential Kay Smith is the twentieth volume in the increasingly popular series.

 

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Contents

Foreword
7
New Poetry in Canada 1947
13
O Light Footnote to The Lords Prayer and Other Poems 1951
16
The Eye of Humility
17
When a Girl Looks Down
18
Integration
19
Words for a Ballet
20
from Footnote to The Lords Prayer
21
Beach Scene 30 I Cradle a Stone in My Hand
30
Return to Innocence
31
Holland
32
Cologne 33 On the Way to Heidelburg
33
Somewhere after Innsbruck 34 Florence
34
In These Nights
35
Sometimes Bitterness Shaped Your Words
36
Eyes
37

Girl Napping
23
Again with Music
24
Autobiography
25
Family Group At the Bottom of the Dark 1971
29
In These Autumn Days 38 In This Season of Frosts and Separation
38
Where You Have Never Been
39
Postscript
40
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About the author (2019)

Born in Saint John in 1911, Kay Smith was a poet and educator whose career spanned more than fifty years and whose circle included such luminaries as painter Miller Brittain and writer-artist P. K. Page. Smith was known for her modernist style and her distinctly metaphysical poetic sensibility, and her poems frequently appeared in major literary publications such as Contemporary Verse, The Cormorant and The Fiddlehead. She published her first book, Footnote to the Lord’s Prayer, in 1951, and her last, The Bright Particulars, in 1987. Kay Smith died in 2004.

Michael Oliver is the author of two monographs on the poet Alden Nowlan, and of a number of creative and critical writings that have appeared in various journals and anthologies. His latest book is a novella called The Final Cause of Love (Poietikos Editions) and he has recently finished writing a suite of twenty-five poems entitled The Poet Orpheus. Oliver knew Kay Smith when he was teaching at UNBSJ, and once shared a poetry reading with her at the New Brunswick Museum—an experience he vividly remembers for the brilliance of her subtle poems and the gracious manner of her reading.

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