Always Now by Margaret AvisonAlways Now by Margaret Avison

Always Now

byMargaret Avison

Paperback | May 15, 2003

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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 NowFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.74 × 5.59 × 0.9 inPublished:May 15, 2003Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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From the Author

`Collected Poems sounds like a ``closing of the books,'' of my books, after a lifetime of writing, although nobody holds me to that. The process has been good: odds and ends tided up and the lot put in order. Re-reading has helped put all these years' output into perspective for me. If any reader wonders about certain trees or their place in this forest, my survey may serve him as well.'-- from Margaret Avison's `Foreword'

Table of Contents

Volume One


From Elsewhere

The Prairie
Open Window
The Butterfly
The Valiant Vacationist
Song but Oblique to '47
The Iconoclasts
The Local and the Lakefront
The Typographer's Ornate Symbol at the End of a Chapter or a Story
A Parallels Poem: Hearing
Letter to David Solway re his `The Piano in the House in the Woods'
Almost All Bogged Down
A Thief in the Night
Continued Story

Winter Sun

The Apex Animal
All Fools' Eve
Dispersed Titles
Not the Sweet Cicely of Gerardes Herball
Civility a Bogey or Two Centuries of Canadian Cities
Unbroken Lineage
Butterfly Bones: Sonnet against Sonnets
Jonathan, O Jonathan
Meeting Together of Poles and Latitudes (in Prospect)
The Fallen, Fallen World
Grammarian on a Lakefront Park Bench
Atlantis and the Department Store
The World Still Needs
New Year's Poem
From a Provincial
November 23
To Professor X, Year Y
The Swimmer's Moment
Unfinished After-Portrait or Stages of Mourning
The Artist
Mordent for a Melody
Rich Boy's Birthday through a Window
Our Working Day May Be Menaced
Stray Dog, near Ecully
Rigor Viris
Rondeau Redouble
Voluptuaries and Others
R. I. P.
On the Death of France Darte Scott (Upon the Birth of Twin Sons Who Later Died)
Jael's Part
A Conversation
The Mirrored Man
Birth Day
A Friend's Friend
Far Off from University
September Street
The Agnes Cleves Papers

The Dumbfounding

Old ... Young....
Two Mayday Selves
Black-White under Green: May 18, 1965
Riding and Waves
In Time
Until Silenced: To I. A.
The Mourner
Many As Two
July Man
Psalm 19
A Story
The Store Seeds
A Child: Marginalia on an Epigraph
The Absorbed
For Tinkers Who Travel on Foot
The Earth That Falls Away
Miniature Biography of One of My Father's Friends
Who Died a Generation Ago
In Truth
... Person or A Hymn on and to the Holy Ghost
Five Breaks
The Word
The Dumbfounding
Searching and Sounding
A Prayer Answered by Prayer
For Dr. and Mrs. Dresser
The Christian's Year in Miniature
Report from the Pedestrians' Outpost
A Sad Song
Lonely Lover
Janitor Working on Threshold
Canadian / Inverted
Walking Behind, en Route, in Morning, in December
Hot June
Natural / Unnatural
In a Season of Unemployment
Simon: finis
Christmas: Anticipation
And Around
A Nameless One
Urban Tree


Ode to Bartok
Of Tyranny, in One Breath
Farm, at Dark, on the Great Plain

Editorial Reviews

`The design and layout of this work is up to the usual high standards of The Porcupine's Quill. Margaret Avison deserves no less for her beautifully crafted and profound work. Her artistic integrity and spiritual depth are everywhere apparent in her poetry.'