The Essential P. K. Page

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The Porcupine's Quill, 2008 - Poetry - 64 pages

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
9
After Rain
10
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
31
A Grave Illness
32
Hand Luggage excerpts
33
The Hidden Room
34
Hughes
35
Inebriate
36
Intraocular Lens Mo del103G
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Leather Jacket
38

Arras
20
As on a Dark Charger
22
A BackwardsJourney
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Beside
24
Custodian
25
DeafMute in the Pear Tree
26
Dwelling Place 28 Ecology
28
Evening Dance of the Grey Flies
29
The Filled
30
Like a Cruise Ship
39
Brazil
40
Man with One Small Hand
42
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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About the author (2008)

P. K. Page wrote some of the best poems published in Canada over the last seven decades. In addition to winning the Governor General’s Award for poetry in 1957, she was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1999. She was the author of more than two dozen books, including ten volumes of poetry, a novel, short stories, eight books for children, and two memoirs based on her extended stays in Brazil and Mexico with her husband Arthur Irwin, who served in those countries as the Canadian Ambassador. In addition to writing, Page painted, under the name P. K. Irwin. She mounted one-woman shows in Mexico and Canada. Her work was also exhibited in various group shows, and is represented in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Victoria Art Gallery, among others.


A two-volume edition of Page’s collected poems, The Hidden Room (Porcupine’s Quill), was published in 1997, and the full range of her richly varied work is being made available in a digital resource, The Digital Page, supplemented by a series of texts in print and e-book format published by The Porcupine’s Quill.


P. K. Page was born in England and brought up on the Canadian prairies. She died on the 14th of January, 2010.

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