The Essential P.K. Page

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The Porcupine's Quill, 2008 - Poetry - 60 pages
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This is the second volume in our `Essential Poets' series. Our aim is to provide the best possible introduction to a prominent Canadian poet by selecting key works that carry the essence of an individual poetic voice and sensibility. By offering a small but carefully considered selection it is hoped these chapbooks will invite an intimate acquaintance and ongoing engagement with the poems. Selected by Arlene Lampert and Théa Gray, the collection is admittedly wildly idiosyncratic and certain to be controversial. Arranged alphabetically for easy reference, these poems do not reflect a `young' or a `mature' voice; for Page, time is not linear and change does not occur along a narrow path. Think of this volume as a sort of pocket P. K. Page making its way into backpacks, carry-on luggage, doctors' waiting rooms ...

 

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Contents

Foreword
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Address at Simon Fraser excerpt
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After Rain
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After Readi ngAlbino Pheasantsby Patrick Lane
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Ah by the Golden Lilies
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Ancestors fromMe lanies NiteBook
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And about Death
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Another Space
18
Funeral Mass
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A Grave Illness
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Hand Luggage excerpts
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The Hidden Room
34
Hughes
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Inebriate
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Intraocular Lens Mo del103G
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Leather Jacket
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Arras
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As on a Dark Charger
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A BackwardsJourney
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Beside
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Custodian
25
DeafMute in the Pear Tree
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Dwelling Place 28 Ecology
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Evening Dance of the Grey Flies
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The Filled
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Like a Cruise Ship
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Brazil
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Man with One Small Hand
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The Mole 43 Motel Pool
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The New Bicycle
44
On Educating the Natives 45 Picking Daffodils
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Poem Canzonic with love to
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P. K. Page 1916-2010 P. K. (Patricia Kathleen) Page was born in Dorset, England on November 23, 1916 and moved to Canada in 1919. She was a founder of the magazine, "Preview" and a scripwriter for the National Film Board. Her work "the Metal and the Flower," won her the Governor General's Award. She has also won the Oscar Blumenthal Award for Poetry, the National Magazine Award, the Canadian Authors' Association Literary Award and the Hubert Evans Prize for "Brazilian Journal." In addition, she was the recipient of the Banff Centre of Fine Arts National Award in 1989 and she is a Life Member of the League of Canadian Poets. Although most known for her writing, Page is also an artist. She exhibits her paintings under the name P. K. Irwin (as she is the wife of diplomat Arthur Irwin). Her works are in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. She died on January 14, 2010

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