Poems Twice Told: The Boatman and Welcoming Disaster by Jay MacphersonPoems Twice Told: The Boatman and Welcoming Disaster by Jay Macpherson

Poems Twice Told: The Boatman and Welcoming Disaster

byJay Macpherson

Paperback | November 1, 1981

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This volume brings together two collections - one well known but unavailable for some time, the other little known - by a distinguished Canadian poet. The Boatman, first published in 1957, was one of the outstanding poetry collections of the 1950s and the winner of a Governor General's Award.It is an intricate sequence of short epigrammatic poems - in which there are echoes of ballads, carols, nursery rhymes, and hymns - that bear a whole cosmos of the poet's invention, constructed from Biblical and classical allusions. Welcoming Disaster was privately published in 1974 and will nowreach the wider audience it deserves. Reviewing it in Poetry (January 1976), David Bromwich referred to Jay Macpherson's 'grandness' and 'verve', and wrote: 'She will put readers in mind of Graves and Wordsworth, of Auden and Dickinson and Stevie Smith, of every poet who ever wrote truly aboutinnocence and its unlucky master, love.'
Although her literary production has been small, Jay Macpherson has proved to be an excellent and influential poet. Born in England, she moved with her mother and brother to Newfoundland in 1940. She attended university in Ottawa and Toronto, where she received a Ph.D. in English literature in 1964. In 1957, Oxford University Press pub...
Title:Poems Twice Told: The Boatman and Welcoming DisasterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.25 inPublished:November 1, 1981Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195403797

ISBN - 13:9780195403794

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book of poems This book is a two in one with both of Jay Macpherson's major collections. The Boatman won the Governor General's, but the real treasure is Welcoming Disaster. I love Welcoming Disaster so much it hurts! It's a profoundly moving and powerful collection of poems that are simply haunting in the best way. (There's a pun there if you've read the collection.) Without a doubt, my favourite collection of Canadian poems ever written. It is a shame that Macpherson stopped publishing poetry after Welcoming Disaster because these poems are phenomenal. They unsettle me still and have me revisiting this book frequently.
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Table of Contents

THE BOATMAN No Man's NightingaleI. POOR CHILDOrdinary People in the Last DaysPoor ChildThe ThreadThe Third EyeCold StoneIn Time of PestilenceSheTrue NorthThe Blighted SpringThe Ill WindII. O EARTH RETURNSEve in ReflectionSibyllaEurynomeThe RymerLove in EgyptShebaThe Marriage of Earth and HeavenThe SwanThe Day-LabourerIII. THE PLOWMAN IN DARKNESSTake not that Spirit...SibyllaThe RymerMary of EgyptThe ArkHail Wedded Love!IsisO Fenix CulpaThe Plowman in DarknessWhile Philomel's unmeasured griefIV. THE SLEEPERSThe Garden of the FallThe Sleeping ShepherdThe Lunatic ShepherdThe Wounded ShepherdThe MartyrsThe Garden of the SexesAiaiaThe Unicorn-TreeThe Old EnchanterThe Land of NodThe Faithful ShepherdThe Secret SleeperThe Caverned WomanHelenPsycheThe InnocentsThe Natural MotherThe NurseV. THE BOATMANThe Boatman1. THE ARKArk to NoahArk ArticulateArk AnatomicalArk ArtefactArk ApprehensiveArk AstonishedArk OverwhelmedArk Parting2. THE ISLANDThe Creature EssentialThe IslandThe Inward AngelInlandLeviathanThe Anagogic ManVI. THE FISHERMANGo take the world...StormSun and MoonWhaleCoralMermaidLung-fishEggMandrakePhoenixAbominable SnowmanBookRetinaReaderThe FishermanOTHER POEMSA WinterLike AdamantThe Beauty of Job's DaughtersOf Creatures the NetA Garden ShutPRETTY OPHELIA!The Woods No MoreA World of GlassGirl With Buck TeethVery Sad SongThe GardenersA Mermaid's GraveTobit CastingThe TravellerThe Death-AngelThe Love-Song of Jenny LearLove Song II of Jenny LearWELCOMING DISASTERI. INVOCATIONSPoets and MusesLost Books and Dead LettersHampstead PondsThe Oracle Declines'Still Waiting for the Spark from Heaven'House LightsMovie-GoingConjuring the DeadAbsence, HavocSubstitutionsII. THE WAY DOWNA Joint EpistleFirst and Last ThingsSome Ghosts and Some GhoulsLady Haunts GhostsWords FailingTransactionJusticeMasters and ServantsA Lost SoulComplicitiesFavourite StoryPalladia and OthersHecate TriviaScamanderAfter the ExplosionIII. THE DARK SIDEKarloff PoemIn That CellarThe WellOrionThey ReturnIV. RECOGNITIONSDiscoverySurrogateMessengerGathering InTransformationV. SHADOWS FLEEUmbrella PoemWhat Falada SaidVisitingSet-UpsPlayingEPILOGUEOld Age of the Teddy-BearThe EndNotes and Acknowledgements