An Ark of Koans, Volume 3

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University of Alberta, 2003 - Poetry - 68 pages
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[Front Flap] "These tiny quatrains are compressed meditations that expand in the mind to reveal glimpse after glimpse of a cosmic vision in which what happens in the world of animals resonates in the human world and in the realm of the divine. They have a kinship with cultural paradigms that reach back to a time before written language. Like the poems of Emily Dickinson and the songs of William Blake, their surprising energy is not the result of simple aggregation, but resides in and releases from the fact that the whole of Blodgett's poetic universe is present in each of its parts." George Amabile [Back Flap] Poet and scholar E.D. Blodgett has published more than ten volumes of poetry as well as diverse criticism and literary translations. He is Professor Emeritus in Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta. He won the Governor General's award for poetry in 1996 for Apostrophes: Woman at a Piano. The illustrator, Jacques Brault, is a Montreal poet, novelist, translator and essayist. In 1993 he won the Prix Gilles-Corbeil honouring his life's work in French literature, and in 1998 he was awarded the Governor General's award for Transfiguration, a bilingual renga written with E.D. Blodgett. The University of Alberta Press A volume in (cuRRents), a Canadian literature series Printed in Canada Book design: Alan Brownoff In Canada $19.95 [Back Cover] "Snake" The snake that lies in dust is silence to the eye: in its parting, a gust of silence passes by. "Dragonfly" Motionless above the stream a burning dragonfly had paused as if in dream then melted in the sky.
 

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Contents

Elephants
2
Sloth
8
Unicorns
23
Ducks
38
Larks
46
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About the author (2003)

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.

Poet, novelist, playwright and essayist Jacques Brault has crafted drawings to accompany the text.

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