Blossoms and Shadows

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iUniverse, Nov 29, 2010 - Poetry - 92 pages
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In a poem entitled The Self-Unseeing, Thomas Hardy describes a scene of exaltation ending with the words: “Yet we were looking away!” Garth Lambert has never wanted to be “looking away.” In this series of poems, easy of access but with depths to plumb, he turns his gaze on the life of Man and of a man.

The earlier, more descriptive poems, inclined toward youthful enthusiasm and worldly beauty, already contain short shadows. The increasingly philosophic later poems explore the dark shadowy corners of personal life and of the world, including the concept of God, who seems to be playing a mean game of hide-and-seek with humankind. The poems do this with unflinching honesty, but also with humanity and humour and frequent glances into the sunlit spaces between the shadows.

In the end, a positive message filters through as Garth Lambert espouses the primacy of reason over superstition, of compassion over indifference and cruelty, of nature over human-species sprawl, of life over death, of love over all.

 

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Contents

Th e Sparrow
2
Student Visit to Pont du Gard
4
Olympia at Midnight
6
The House in Windsor
8
Rivering down Yonge Street
10
Everyday Flowers
12
Socratic Questioning
14
From Our Solarium
16
Snow Beauty
44
Cheshire Cat
46
Beer and Tattoos
48
Seniors Course
50
Th e Wedding
52
Downsizing Residence
54
Fundamentals
56
Brass Rubbings
58

The Nursing Home
18
Mystery Religion
20
Portrait of an Unknown Soldier
22
Good Luck in Ancient Agathée
24
Old Man at Mosque
28
Hospital Nights
30
Enlightenment
32
The Woodcarver of Rouen
34
Shadows of NotreDame
36
At the Art Gallery of Ontario
38
National Balletat the Hummingbird Centre
40
There Was a Time
42
Monuments I
60
Three Strikes
62
Mother of Austerlitz
64
Stephen Lewis Grounded
66
Ancient Village
68
Cataract Operation
70
Owling at Cedarcroft
72
Pelee Pleasures
74
Clean Air
76
White Shadows
78
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About the author (2010)

GARTH LAMBERT, a professor emeritus in the University of Western Ontario, held a joint appointment in the Faculties of Education and Arts and taught both philosophy and classical studies. Earlier he was a high school teacher in Ontario and a secondary school inspector in the Department of Education.

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