I Am Here and Not Not-there: An Autobiography

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The Porcupine's Quill, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 351 pages
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This question was put by a registrant: What makes a poet's language distinctive?' We all fell silent, trying to pin it down, then tried to answer. Not just affection for words, which is common to all good writers; not necessarily a matter of cadence, formal structures, rhythm. The answer that came to me, forced out of minutes of dismissing options, was new to me too: It is saying I am here and not not-there''.'

 

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Avison's descriptive prose makes her biography as riveting as a novel. A find!

Contents

Foreword Autobiography
7
Beginning?
13
Early Childhood
15
Calgary
28
Toronto
45
Student Years
68
Shortterm Jobs
89
Jobs on Campus
102
Letter to Miriam Waddington
263
Letter to Cid Corman
264
Letter to Cid Corman
265
Letter to Miriam Waddington
266
Letter to Eleanor Graham
267
Letter to Eleanor Graham
269
Letter to Miriam Waddington
271
Poetry and the Doukhobors
274

Escaping a Career
106
Academia
150
Evangel Hall
164
London Ontario
185
CBC Archives
192
Mustard Seed Mission
196
My Mothers Death and After
207
Poets Learn From Poets Documents
225
Cars 233 Space 233 Vanity
233
Coming to Terms With Tolstoy
234
Miriam Waddington
255
Letter to Miriam Waddington
256
Letter to Miriam Waddington
259
Letter to F R Scott
261
DependentDependant
292
There are several writersinresidence
293
Governor Generals Awards 1990
294
Interview with Cristina Cassanmagnago
298
Ray Souster and the Contact Days
303
Putting Computers in Perspective
308
Clothes 310 Interview with Sally
310
Letter to Burton Hatlen
325
Interview with D S Martin
327
OnXmas
339
Slow Breathing
342
Significant Dates
345
Acknowledgments
351
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

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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