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Planet Earth

byP. K. Page

Paperback | August 30, 2002

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The title of this book is taken from Page's poem, `Planet Earth', which was chosen by the United Nations in 2000 for their celebratory program Year of Dialogue among Civilizations. Now poet and essayist Eric Ormsby, with Page's input, has selected the best of Page's poems originally collected in the two volumes of The Hidden Room (Porcupine's Quill, 1997). Page has also contributed to Planet Earth a small number of very recent poems. Ormsby has written a wonderful introduction to this new selection; he hastens to point out that deciding what to include was a most difficult process because there was so much to choose from. He goes on to say:

`It has become customary in Canada to describe P. K. Page as ``distinguished', but that epithet betrays her. P. K. Page is simply too vivacious, too cunning, too elusive, to be monumentalized. She is in fact the supreme escape artist of our literature. Try to confine her in a villanelle and she scampers off into free verse. Peg her as a prose poet and she springs forth with a glosa. Categorize her as a poet who writes fiction but then note that you find very little ``poet's prose' in her stories. Her characters are often incised with acid and a cruelly keen burin. She is the shrewdest of observers but at the same time she celebrates life, low and high, in all its manifestations. One of the finest and most distinctive Canadian poets, P. K. Page is no provincial. She is a citizen not merely of the world, but of the earth.'

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...
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Title:Planet EarthFormat:PaperbackPublished:August 30, 2002Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889842523

ISBN - 13:9780889842526

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Planet Earth
One

Deaf Mute in the Pear Tree
The Flower Bed
The Mole
The Understatement
Portrait
For G.E.R.
Images of Angels
Arras
Black Bamboo
A Grain of Sand
Melanie's Nite-Book

Two

Evening Dance of the Grey Flies
The Crow
The Hidden Room
Personal Landscape
About Death
Custodian
Finches Feeding
Traveller's Palm
Fly: On Webs
After Reading `Albino Pheasants' by Patrick Lane
Chimney Fire
Poor Bird
Cosmologies

Three

The Filled Pen
George Johnston Reading
The Gold Sun
Hologram
Dwelling Place
Poem Canzonic with love to A M K
In Memoriam
Address at Simon Fraser

Four

Outcasts
Schizophrenic
Man with One Small Hand
Another Space
Seraphim
The Disguises
Inebriate
Knitters
Bank Strike
The Permanent Tourists
The Inarticulate
Young Girls
Landlady
Element
The Sick
Squatters
Only Child
Paranoid
Typists
Elegy
Cullen

Five

Alphabetical

Six

The Apple
The Figures
Autumn
Unable to Hate or Love
The Castle
Love's Pavilion
Cry Ararat!
Visitants
Out Here: Flowering
Funeral Mass
The Hidden Components
The Glass Air
The Metal and the Flower
Emergence
Stories of Snow
Old Man
The Bands and the Beautiful Children 165
Leather Jacket
Lily on the Patio
Picking Daffodils
The Gift
Cook's Mountains

Seven

Conchita Knows Who Who Is
Portrait of Marina
Star-Gazer
Brazilian Fazenda
After Rain
Cross
Giovanni and the Indians
On Educating the Natives
Exile
Domestic Poem for a Summer Afternoon
Presences
The Answer
Intraocular Lens Model 103G
Invisible Presences Fill the Air
War Lord in the Early Evening
The Selves

Journey

Index of Titles

Acknowledgements

About the Author

Editorial Reviews

`Planet Earth is essential reading for anyone professing a serious interest in Canadian poetry.'