Kaleidoscope: Selected Poems by P. K. PageKaleidoscope: Selected Poems by P. K. Page

Kaleidoscope: Selected Poems

byP. K. Page

Paperback | October 1, 2010

Pricing and Purchase Info

$22.46 online 
$24.95 list price save 9%
Earn 112 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


Ships within 1-3 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


Kaleidoscope is the first in a series of ten volumes to be published over the next ten years as a complement to an online hypermedia edition of the Collected Works of P. K. Page. Listed chronologically by date of composition, the poetry in Kaleidoscope is fluid, wondrous and technically exquisite, drawing on subjects great and small, and it offers a comprehensive look at one of Canada's most beloved and brilliant poets.

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, selected short stories, ei...
Title:Kaleidoscope: Selected PoemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.78 × 5.58 × 0.85 inPublished:October 1, 2010Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0889843317

ISBN - 13:9780889843318

Look for similar items by category:


Read from the Book

Seraphim In the dream it was the seraphim who camegolden, six-wingedwith eyes of aquamarineand set my hair aflameand spoke in a language which written down --an elegant script of candelabras and chalices --spelled out my name but it was not my name The mornings following were bright as wingssky's intricate cirrusthe feathers under his wingsthe wind's great rushthe bladed beat of his wings Mare's tails traced the passage of his seraphic chariot Hummingbirds ruby-throated roared and brakedin the timeless isinglass air and burned like coalshigh in the fronds of a brass palm sunbirds sanggirasoles swung their cadmium-coloured hairand I heard the seraphim telling once againthe letters of my name but my name was lost in the spoken syllables by Summer, 1976 1997

Table of Contents

For G.E.R.
Ecce Homo
The Crow
Desiring Only
The Mole
Personal Landscape
The Stenographers
Bank Strike
The Landlady
As Ten As Twenty
The Flower and the Rock
The Bands and the Beautiful Children
Stories of Snow
Election Day
If It Were You
Round Trip
This Cold Man
Only Child
Young Girls
Man with One Small Hand
He loved himself too much. As a child was god.
Thunder stemmed from his whims,
The Permanent Tourists
Portrait of Marina
Reflection in a Train Window
The Map
Photos of a Salt Mine
The Apple
The Masks are Made by Hand and Show
The Event
The keys all turned to that event
Images of Angels
Social Note
Ordinary people are lovely, they understand
The Metal and the Flower
This Frieze of Birds
Chimney Fire
War Lord in the Early Evening
Giovanni and the Indians
After Rain
The Glass Air
Bark Drawing
Cook's Mountains
Brazilian House
On Educating the Natives
This Whole Green World
A Wish
Some Paintings by Portinari
Votive Candles
Natural History Museum
Could I Write a Poem Now?
Brazilian Fazenda
Cry Ararat!
Dark Kingdom
The Snowman
A Backwards Journey
Another Space
Those people in a circle on the sand
Fly: On Webs
Knitter's Prayer
Travellers' Palm
Three Gold Fish
Beside You
Let the Honey Accumulate
Picking Daffodils
Leather Jacket
The Yellow People in Metamorphosis
Finches Feeding
The Trail of Bread
Macumba: Brazil
Phone Call from Mexico
Dwelling Place
The Flower Bed
A Grave Illness
The Selves
Motel Pool
The Disguises
Domestic Poem for a Summer Afternoon
About Death
After Reading Albino Pheasants by Patrick Lane
Evening Dance of the Grey Flies
The First Part (excerpt)
George Johnston Reading
Out Here: Flowering
The Filled Pen
This Sky
Intraocular Lens Model 103G
Deaf Mute in the Pear Tree
Invisible Presences Fill the Air
The New Bicycle
The Gift
The Hidden Components
Lily on the Patio
This Heavy Craft
The World
Address at Simon Fraser (excerpt)
The End
Love's Pavilion
Planet Earth
The Gold Sun
Poor Bird
The Castle
Funeral Mass
The Hidden Room
Like a Cruise Ship
Request to the Alchemist
But We Rhyme in Heaven
Pain to His Helper
Alphabetical (excerpt)
Even Lucifer
Poem Canzonic with love to AMK
Ah, by the Golden Lilies
The Blue Guitar
Green, How Much I Want You Green
Hand Luggage (excerpt)
My Chosen Landscape
Coal and Roses--A Triple Glosa
Your Slightest Look
How to Write a Poem
Cullen in the Afterlife

Editorial Reviews

There's something in this collection to spark new interest, remind those familiar with her well-loved lines and introduce readers to her evolving style over the years. From the dazzling word-work of the early poems, to the gorgeous complexity of her glosas, her skill at fitting line to image and colour to sound is nothing less than stellar -- especially in the way she could make rhyme steep in the vowels and tickle at the back of the mind. Musicality and understanding of rhythm pervades her work. From her beginnings as a poet with an imagistic approach, to the broadening and deepening of the later years, these spiritual, seeking, overcoming poems are compelling. Privileging natural imagery and a disillusionment with contemporary obsessions, the poems reveal a poet who rarely falters.