Words for Trees

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Dundurn, Jan 1, 2007 - Poetry - 152 pages
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In this Ottawa writer’s first volume of verse, there are trees, of course—catalpas on stained-glass transoms, an ever-present crabappel, nameless species in whose bare branches the winter solstice lurks. There is music, too—a whorehouse tango, a string quartet enthralling a favourite cat, the silky caress of a clarinet along the remembered flesh of adolescence. And visual art, from the Middle Ages through Matisse, is reenacted in vignettes of desire or dereliction.

 

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Contents

Time Passing Through Gardens and Fields
15
Rhythms and Algorhythms
43
Ce qui ne se retrouve jamais jamais
53
Dreaming Drowning
65
Lent
75
Easter in the Loire Valley
87
Writing with Light
97
Times Flesh
111
Baudelaires Deaths
121
Summer in Fallowfield
127
Notes
133
Acknowledgements
137
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About the author (2007)

Barbara Folkart has lived in Germany, France, England, and Italy, worked at the Harvard and Paris Observatories, and received a Ph.D. in medieval French literature. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Arc, The Antigonish Review, Descant, The Malahat Review, Event, and Thumbscrew. Currently she lives in Canada's capital where she teaches translation studies at the University of Ottawa.

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