Always Now: Sunblue ; No time

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The Porcupine's Quill, 2003 - Poetry - 288 pages
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The three volumes of Always Now contain all of Margaret Avison's published books of poetry. The author has removed a very few poems: `Public Address' (from Winter Sun), `The Two Selves' and `In Eporphyrial Harness' (from The Dumbfounding), `Highway in April', `The Evader's Meditation', and `Until Christmas' (from sunblue), `Living the Shadow', `Insomnia' and `Beginning Praise' (from No Time), `Having Stopped Smoking' and `Point of Entry' (from Selected Poems). The opening section of volume one, `From Elsewhere', is arranged according to date of publication, from 1932 to 1991, the date of Selected Poems. `From Elsewhere' includes the `Uncollected' and `New Poems' of that book, except for the two noted above and `The Butterfly', which is here in its original form. All of the poems in Always Now having been considered and reconsidered, and small corrections having been made, the book contains definitively all of the published poems up to 2002 that Margaret Avison wishes to preserve.

 

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Contents

A Note on the Text
13
Stones Secret
26
On?
39
Sestina 1964
48
511
61
Intercession
74
We Are Not Poor Not Rich
87
Poem on the Astronauts in Apollo XIIIs NearDisaster
94
Known
179
Riddle
185
In Sultry Weather
189
The Fix
202
Godspeed
215
It Bothers Me to Date Things June the 9th
225
To a Factfacer
231
Priorities and Perspective
237

Found Poem
107
One winterkitchen place
120
Pruning
134
Detroit Chicago 8 a m
147
Silent Night in Canada in 1848
153
Seeing So Little
159
Meeknesses
166
Call and Recall
172
The form not the purpose of the parable
243
Selfmirrorings
249
Wrong Word Because Language Has to Be Also Human
255
Incentive
261
Learning Love a Little
267
Acknowledgements
273
Index of Titles
279
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Margaret Avison was born April 23, 1918 in Galt, Ontario. She was raised in Regina and Calgary. She earned her degree from the University of Toronto, 1936 to 1940 and her M.A. from 1963 to 1965. She spent 8 months in Chicago on a Guggenheim Scholarship and two years' teaching at Scarborough College, University of Toronto from 1967 to 1968. She worked for eight months from 1973 to 1974 at the University of Western Ontario as Writer-in-Residence. Avison has won several leading awards; two of her books have won the Governor General's Award and her book Concrete and Wild Carrot won the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2003. Margaret Avison died in August 2007 in Toronto.

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