Apostrophes II: Through You I

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University of Alberta, 1997 - Canadian poetry - 74 pages
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These poems flow from reflection on the most fundamental issue in modern and contemporary thought: if, as our European-cultured inheritance teaches, the criterion of truth and knowledge is an interior feeling of certainty, how can we be sure the world exists independently of our act of knowing it? In the great tradition of the Romantic philosophers and poets, Blodgett answers "we cannot." To perceive is to create - and more: it is to speak, to shape with language.
 

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Contents

Outside
9
Awake
10
Carole
11
Measures
12
n Prayers 14 Revisions
14
Blind
15
Sites
16
Adrift
17
Vigils
45
Departures
46
Passages
47
Waking
48
Refractions
49
Crows
50
Rogation
51
Gifts
52

Nocturne
18
Witness
19
Alchemy
20
Exchanging
21
Translation
22
Adagia 24 First Light 25 Synthesis
23
Transcription
26
Disclosures
27
Evensong
28
Doorways
29
Epigraph
30
Nightfall
31
Attendance
32
Dead Reckoning
33
Opening
34
Little Song
35
Sunbathing
36
r Play 38 Correspondence
38
Eclipse
39
Toccata
40
Implications
41
Voice
42
Apocalypse
43
Sleeping
44
Clair de Lune
53
Obbligato
54
Logos
55
Essai
56
Breath
57
5 Epigram
58
Acacias
59
Imago
60
Vocation
61
Parting
62
Moonrise
63
Harvest
64
A5 Rondel
65
Waiting
66
Absence
67
Zenith
68
Speaking
69
Reply
70
Of Roses
71
Palingenesis
72
Naked
73
Returned
74
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About the author (1997)

E.D. Blodgett has published numerous books of poetry as well as diverse criticism and literary translations. He is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta. He has won the Governor General's Award twice, for poetry and translation. From 2007 to 2009 he was Edmonton's Poet Laureate. Blodgett lives in South Surrey, British Columbia.

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