Always Now: The Collected Poems, Volume 2 by Margaret AvisonAlways Now: The Collected Poems, Volume 2 by Margaret Avison

Always Now: The Collected Poems, Volume 2

byMargaret Avison

Paperback | October 30, 2004

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`These are poems steeped in the Bible, but always imbued with genuine emotion and insight into contemporary life and without a tinge of self-righteousness.'

One of Canada's most respected poets, Margaret Avison was born in Galt, Ontario, lived in Western Canada in her childhood, and then in Toronto. In a productive career that stretched back to the 1940s, she produced seven books of poems, including her first collection, Winter Sun (1960), which she assembled in Chicago while she was ther...
Title:Always Now: The Collected Poems, Volume 2Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.78 × 5.59 × 1 inPublished:October 30, 2004Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889842558

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From the Author

`Elements of play and whole-hearted response to the natural world for me remained a constant thread throughout. In time the mood tilted towards a conviction that an ultimate purpose prevailed, and is good. Working out the theological implications of that faith conviction made the final quarter of No Time more memoir than poetry, I suspect.'

-- from Margaret Avison's foreword to Always Now, Volume One.

Editorial Reviews

Always Now: Collected Poems of Margaret Avison, encompasses in three volumes all of the published books, from Winter Sun (1960) to Concrete and Wild Carrot (2002), and is framed by a gathering of uncollected and new poems respectively. When complete, Always Now will present all of the poems, up to 2002, that Margaret Avison wishes to preserve. sunblue and No Time, the two books collected here, are growth rings; the poems are rings within rings of reflection on the creation and the Creator. In these poems, Margaret Avison's faith, now constant, is dynamic, challenging her as well as her reader (`from the namby-pams / of the cloaking faith I wear / deliver me').`However long it may take for their work to gain recognition, Canadian poets seem to be doing land office business these days. The signs keep coming in over the wires. The Griffin Prize for Poetry, both more generous and more responsible than any comparable award in America, has started to generate real excitement. Avison's contemporary P.K. Page has just published an impressive selection of her poems. Then there are those, like Michael Ondatjee and Anne Carson, who are already widely read outside of Canada. You also have southern transplants, poets like Robert Bringhurst and A.F. Moritz, whose strong recent work deserves attention. But the best writing has never followed trends, and whatever momentum Canadian poetry may have right now, the real significance lies in the solitary pleasure of reading the verse itself. With her technical deftness, her ethical commitment, and her meditative intensity, Margaret Avison offers as deep a pleasure as any poet now writing. Recognition will surely gather around this work. But serious readers don't have to wait for the anthologists.'