Coal and Roses: Twenty-one Glosas

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The Porcupine's Quill, 2009 - Poetry - 93 pages
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Coal and Roses is a collection of 21 intricately formal glosas, arranged to explore the endless possibilities of language. In this slim volume, P. K. Page offers the reader a wildly eclectic overview of the history of poetry, as well as a master class in the evolution of language as evidenced in the poet's `communion' with her attributed predecessors. Coal and Roses offers a collection of poems that stand by themselves as commentaries on many of the issues endemic to the varying times, places and circumstances of the aforementioned attributees. Life, death, a palpable need for belonging and the inevitable passage of time are all to be encountered, as one might expect in a work that ranges from the sort of trivial, light-hearted sympathy for the trials of day-to-day life to much weightier reflection on the probability of a greater existence. The use of the glosa form serves to emphasize both the continuity and the evolution of life, and of art.

Included are twenty-one glosas, borrowing on the works of nineteen artists. Spanning numerous centuries, movements, genres and corners of the world, Page explores the works of Wallace Stevens, Theodore Roethke, Margaret Cavendish and Akhmatova amongst others. Coal and Roses is an exquisite work, respectful of the past and hopeful for the future.

 

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Contents

The Search
12
Innite Regression
16
Each Mortal Thing
20
The Age of Gold
24
Ah by the Golden Lilies
28
Your Slightest Look
32
The Blue Guitar
36
soft travellers
40
Domain of the Snow Queen
56
My Chosen Landscape
60
The Last Time
64
No Exit
68
On a Far Shore
72
Green How Much I Want You Green
76
After Chaos
80
Coal and Roses A Triple Glosa
84

How to Write a Poem
44
Improbable Concept
48
Paradise
52
Acknowledgements and Credits
91
About P K Page
93
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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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