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

Always Now: The Collected Poems, Volume Three

byMargaret Avison

Paperback | March 10, 2005

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The three volumes of Always Now contain all of Margaret Avison's published books of poetry. The author has removed a very few poems: `Public Address' (from Winter Sun), `The Two Selves' and `In Eporphyrial Harness' (from The Dumbfounding), `Highway in April', `The Evader's Meditation', and `Until Christmas' (from sunblue), `Living the Shadow', `Insomnia' and `Beginning Praise' (from No Time), `Having Stopped Smoking' and `Point of Entry' (from Selected Poems). The opening section of volume one, `From Elsewhere', is arranged according to date of publication, from 1932 to 1991, the date of Selected Poems. `From Elsewhere' includes the `Uncollected' and `New Poems' of that book, except for the two noted above and `The Butterfly', which is here in its original form. All of the poems in Always Now having been considered and reconsidered, and small corrections having been made, the book contains definitively all of the published poems up to 2002 that Margaret Avison wishes to preserve.

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 ThreeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8.76 × 5.56 × 0.83 inPublished:March 10, 2005Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

A Note on the Text

Not Yet But Still

Looking Out
Old Woman at a Winter Window
Beyond Weather or From a Train Window
From Now -- On?
Contemplative Hour
Lit Sky and Foundered Earth
Thought in a Sick-Room
Not Quite Silently
Being Out
Slow Advance
There Are No Words For
When Their Little Girl Had Just Died 26
When the Bough Breaks
Knowing the New
Sultry Day
asap; etc.
Making a Living
Air and Blood
Late Perspective
`Tell them everything that I command ... '
We Are Not Desecrators
Now A Peculiarity: Local Loyalties
A Basis
Music Was in the Wind
Communication at Mortal Risk
Artless Art
Cross-Cultural or Towards Burnout
Cultures Far and Here
The Risk of No Communication
Family Members
A Women's Poem: Now
A Women's Poem: Then and Now
Aftermath of Rebellion
For a Salty and Sainted Friend in Her Nineties
Seer, Seeing
How Open, Who Are Compassed Here?
The Familiar Friend, But by the Ottawa River
Astonishing Reversal
In Season and out of Season
To Counter Malthus
And If No Ram Appear
What John Saw
Prodded out of Prayer
Embrace Change?
Breath Catching
High Days
Christmas Doubts Dissolved
Two Perilous Possibilities
That Friday -- Good?
`One Rule of Modesty and Soberness'
It Isn't Really True? (in Four Voices)
For the Fun of It
A Seed of History
Word: Russets
A Kept Secret
Resting on a Dry Log, Park Bench, Boulder
News Item
Instrumentalists Rehearse
Three Bears
Job: Word and Action
Confrontation and Resolution, in Job

Concrete and Wild Carrot

Pacing the Turn of the Year
Present from Ted
Towards the Next Change
Prairie Poem
Dividing Goods
Balancing Out
The Crux
Audrey: A Posthumous Portrait
Reversing a Crater
Third Hand, First Hand
Notes from Dr Carson's Exposition of I John 5
He Was There/He Was Here
Remembering Gordon G. Nanos
Other Oceans
The Whole Story
Cycle of Community
Dead Ends
Lament for Byways
Rising Dust
Leading Questions
The Endangerer
To Wilfred Cantwell Smith
Four Words: A Gloss on I Cor. 14: 6
On a Maundy Thursday Walk
In Our `Little Nests'
Contextualizing, or Neither Here Nor There
Alternative to Riots But All Citizens Must Play

Too Towards Tomorrow: New Poems

The Fixed in a Flux
Ne Cedere: `Won't Go Away'
Too Towards Tomorrow
Resolute Lament
Nahuatl/Tomana (to Swell)
Early Easter Sunday Morning Radio
Three Shore Breakfasts
But One Recoiled
Because Your Hour Is Dark
Sad Song
The End Not Yet
Betrayed into Glory
`I Wondered As I Wandered'


Index of Titles

Editorial Reviews

`The first two volumes of this remarkable poet of the spirit's collected poems were duly celebrated in these pages. This third one deserves equal praise.'

- Globe & Mail