Cosmologies

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David R Godine Pub, Oct 30, 2003 - Poetry - 220 pages
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THE FIRST COLLECTION of Page's poems to be published in the U.S., Cosmologies is a careful distillation of her critically acclaimed two-volume Hidden Room. Page's socially conscious work focuses on our planet and on the beauty of existence. Anchored by a masterful use of metaphor, her poems quote knowingly from Eliot, Thomas, and Robert Graves. As editor Eric Ormsby says in his foreword, this "supreme escape artist of [Canadian] literature... is the shrewdest of observers ...a citizen not only of the world but of the earth."

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Contents

Foreword II
11
Deaf Mute in the Pear Tree
19
ForC E R
26
Black Bamboo
32
Evening Dance of the Grey Flies
49
Custodian
55
Chimney Fire
61
The Filled Pen
71
Alphabetical
125
The Apple
139
The Castle
145
Visitants
152
The Metal and the Flower
159
The Bands and the Beautiful Children
165
Cooks Mountains
171
StarGazer
178

Dwelling Place
77
Outcasts
91
Seraphim
98
Bank Strike
104
Element
110
Paranoid
117
On Educating the Natives
185
The Answer
191
The Selves
197
Acknowledgements
205
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About the author (2003)

P. K. (Patricia Kathleen) Page was born in Dorset, England on November 23, 1916 and moved to Canada in 1919. She was a founder of the magazine, "Preview" and a scripwriter for the National Film Board. Her work "the Metal and the Flower," won her the Governor General's Award. She has also won the Oscar Blumenthal Award for Poetry, the National Magazine Award, the Canadian Authors' Association Literary Award and the Hubert Evans Prize for "Brazilian Journal." In addition, she was the recipient of the Banff Centre of Fine Arts National Award in 1989 and she is a Life Member of the League of Canadian Poets. Although most known for her writing, Page is also an artist. She exhibits her paintings under the name P. K. Irwin (as she is the wife of diplomat Arthur Irwin). She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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