Always Now: From elsewhere ; Winter sun ; The dumbfounding ; Translations

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The Porcupine's Quill, 2003 - Poetry - 256 pages

Always Now, Collected Poems of Margaret Avison, encompasses in three volumes all of the published books, from Winter Sun (1960) to Concrete and Wild Carrot (2002), and is framed by a gathering of uncollected and new poems respectively. When complete, Always Now will present all of the poems, up to 2002, that Margaret Avison wishes to preserve. Volume One extends from the uncollected poems to Avison's translations of Hungarian poems, and includes Winter Sun and The Dumbfounding. Besides the uncollected surprises, two of them dating to high school days and first published in Hermes, Toronto's Humberside Collegiate literary magazine, there are the loved and familiar early poems, just as fresh now as they were then, from which certain wonderful lines still jump out: `Nobody stuffs the world in at your eyes./ The optic heart must venture'; `In the mathematics of God/ there are percentages beyond one hundred.' Margaret Avison's poems have warmed the hearts and enlarged the thinking of two generations of Canadian readers.

 

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Contents

Foreword
13
The Valiant Vacationist
27
The Typographers Ornate Symbol at the End of a Chapter or a Story
40
The Apex Animal
53
Civility a Bogey or Two Centuries of Canadian Cities
66
Unbroken Lineage
70
Grammarian on a Lakefront Park Bench
77
Banff
83
The Store Seeds
168
For Tinkers Who Travel on Foot
174
Branches
185
Person
191
Five Breaks
193
Searching and Sounding
199
The Christians Year in Miniature
206
Janitor Working on Threshold
212

Jaels Part
120
A Conversation
123
A Friends Friend
129
Old Young
147
MicroMetro
154
July Man
160
In a Season of Unemployment
219
A Nameless One
225
Ode to Bartók
231
Farm at Dark on the Great Plain
243
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About the author (2003)

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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