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Season of Mercy

bySally Ito

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Season of Mercy explores the different "seasons" of spiritual life and examines issues of faith and responsibility. This evocative collection charts the passage of the soul through time, from the darkness of despair to the awakening and understanding of one's own caling and vocation. "A long battle of constellations we are,/ clinging clandestinely/ to light after light/ swinging back into darkness/ once more into mercy."

Skillfully drawing on myth, nature, biblical themes, and her own experience as a writer and mother, Ito weaves a philosophic and poetic landscape from which the world can be comprehended with grace and compassion.

This second volume of poems by award-winning Sally Ito follows her successful debut Frogs in the Rain Barrel, which was runner-up for the Milton Acorn's People's Poetry Award. Season of Mercy explores the different seasons and issues surrounding faith and responsibility; from the darkness of despair to the awakening and understanding of one's own calling and vocation. Skillfully drawing on myth, biblical themes, the natural world, and her own experiences as a mother and writer, Ito weaves a philosophic and poetic landscape, commenting on the necessity of viewing the world around us with mercy, compassion and faith.

Touching on each of the four seasons, Ito addresses a vast range of subjects and muses - including adultery, Good Friday, rape by water, prayer, seahorses and the allure of floating islands. The poetry is rich, the language alive with allusion and metaphor.

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Sally Ito was born in Taber, Alberta and grew up in Edmonton and the Northwest Territories. She studied at the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta, and travelled on scholarship to Japan, where she translated Japanese poetry. Her first book of poems, Frogs in the Rain Barrel (Nightwood, 1995) was runner-up for t...
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Title:Season of MercyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.24 inPublished:September 15, 1999Publisher:Nightwood EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889711682

ISBN - 13:9780889711686

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A Season of MercyA season of mercyhas been granted us,this long time now - history by crucifixionhas always demanded patience.House after househas been built on the shore,the same fishermen fishing seasfor the One man who spoke to themfrom the water.Some are tired of waiting;some have lain down to die,but still others persistwith dew in their eyesso that even I must turnthis time nowto face Him at lastmercy's desiregranted.SaltSuddenly salt has lost its savour.Love and all that it meantis now a fragment of a bowlno longer capable of holding waterbut of only the caked white reflection -a self, distorted and wanweary with lines of knowing,scarred with wounds that have truly savoured,and known no other cleansing.

Table of Contents

I.
Crows
Of Love and Its Passing
To Sin
To Adam, the First Poet
Temptation
Adultery
Orbs
Hatred
Palestine
Salt
Good Friday
The Breath of Giants
At the Reynolds Museum Wetaskiwin, Alberta
Obituary

II.
Madame Blavatsky
Esoterica
The Cherubs of Cathedral Madeleine
Jambudvidpa
The Underground Fishermen
Rape by Water
Tornado
What an Old Nisei Artist Told Me
La Arribada
Caduceus
Interpreter
The Chastening

lIl.
A Season of Mercy
Nazareth
Philip and the Ethiopian
Constellations
The Converted
Ash Wednesday
The Poor
Faith
Fumi-e
Hikari
A Theologian's Hands
The Art of Prayer
Stone Splendour
Mother Tongue
Sunday

IV.
Myth-maker
Words of Advice to the Artist
Seahorse
Chanson
Haecceitas
Sao la
A Meditation on Semantics
The Allure of the Floating Islands

Acknowledgements