Coal and Roses by P. K. PageCoal and Roses by P. K. Page

Coal and Roses

byP. K. Page

Paperback | March 15, 2009

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Coal and Rosesallows the poet space to both research and to create, looking simultaneously to the past and to her hopes for an uncertain, metaphysical future.

Included are a series of 21 glosas, borrowing from the work of Ted Hughes, John Ashbery and Thom Gunn, amongst others. A masterful display of linguistic dexterity, Page assimilates the pervasive complexity and the abundance of tradition that co-exist in the world of literature.

P. K. Page wrote some of the best poems published in Canada over the last five decades. In addition to winning the Governor General's Award for poetry in 1957, she was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1999. She was the author of more than a dozen books, including ten volumes of poetry, a novel, short stories, eight books...
Title:Coal and RosesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 8.76 × 5.56 × 0.4 inPublished:March 15, 2009Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889843147

ISBN - 13:9780889843141

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Read from the Book

The Search Hunt, hunt again. If you do not find it, you Will die. But I tell you this much, it Is not under the stone at the foot Of the garden, nor by the wall at the fig tree. `Treasure Hunt' Robert Penn Warren You have the whole garden to search in. So begin. Begin now. Look behind every shrub, turn up stones if necessary, dig deep in the black soil. Do not let night interfere. Use a lamp to light the darkness up. There is no time to lose if you are to succeed, so hunt, hunt again. If you do not find it, you may be sent to `Coventry'. Not pleasant. No joke. But worse is indeed possible. So look. If you need glasses put them on. Now. In that way you should not even miss a bent stalk. I cannot really talk, nor mention what will die. But I tell you this much, it is not where or what you think -- in the woodshed, for instance, and not behind the wheelbarrow nor in the compost. Don't waste your time thinking where you would have put it, had you been asked. You weren't asked. But it -- let me assist you this much in your pursuit -- is not under the stone at the foot of the broad leafed maple. So stop your wild surmises. Time is running out and, as your life depends upon finding it, search meticulously. And good luck, I'd like you to succeed. Remember, not in the greenery of the garden, nor by the wall at the fig tree.

Table of Contents

`Treasure Hunt', Robert Penn Warren

`Of Many Worlds in this World', Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle (1623-1673)

`As kingfishers catch fire', Gerard Manley Hopkins

`Creation', Ted Hughes

`Yellow Spring', Juan Ramon Jimenez

`somewhere I have never traveled, gladly beyond', e e cummings

`The Blue Guitar', Wallace Stevens

`Inventory', Dionne Brand

`Paradoxes and Oxymorons', John Ashbery

`Edge of Night', Don McKay

`Report from Paradise', Zbigniew Herbert

`And Once More Saw the Stars', P. K. Page & Philip Stratford

`Finally Left in the Landscape', Gwendolyn MacEwen

`Limits', Jorge Luis Borges

`In a Dark Time', Theodore Roethke

`Love Poem for a my Daughter', Marilyn Bowering

`Somnambular Ballad', Federico Garcia Lorca

`The Wound', Thom Gunn

`Everything is Plundered', Akhmatova

Editorial Reviews

`Page dedicates Coal and Roses ``To you, my readers, whoever you be.'' In the twenty-one glosas that follow, Page demonstrates her skill as a poet who can expand with wit and verve on many themes while following the difficult form of the glosa in which, as outlined in a prefatory note, the four lines of a borrowed quatrain from another poet are used to terminate each of her own four ten-line stanzas. In this more challenging form, the sixth and the ninth lines must rhyme with the borrowed lines, and, of course, the poet's work must measure up to or exceed that of the poet on whose poem she builds her own. Following all these intricate requirements while intertwining her own verses with the borrowed lines, Page begins with Robert Penn Warren's poem ``Treasure Hunt'' to create her own poem, ``The Search,'' and ends with Anna Akhmatova's apocalyptic ``Everything is Plundered'' to write a triple glosa using three different quatrains from that poem to provide the scaffolding for her own title sequence.'