The Essential Anne Wilkinson by Anne WilkinsonThe Essential Anne Wilkinson by Anne Wilkinson

The Essential Anne Wilkinson

byAnne WilkinsonEditorIngrid RuthigIntroduction byIngrid Ruthig

Paperback | November 15, 2014

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The Essential Anne Wilkinson gives voice to a highly regarded but oft-forgotten poet who introduced a unique female perspective to the Canadian modernist movement.

Title:The Essential Anne WilkinsonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 8.75 × 5.6 × 0.3 inPublished:November 15, 2014Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889843767

ISBN - 13:9780889843769

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LENSIThe poet's daily choreIs my long duty;To keep and cherish my good lensFor love and warAnd wasps about the liliesAnd mutiny within.My woman's eye is weakAnd veiled with milk;My working eye is muscledWith a curious tension,Stretched and openAs the eyes of children;Trusting in its visionEven should it seeThe holy holy spirit gambolCounterheadwise,Lithe and warm as any animal.My woman's iris circlesA blind pupil;The poet's eye is crystal,Polished to accept the negative,The contradictions in a proofAnd the accidentalCandour of the shadows;The shutter, oiled and smoothClicks on the grace of heroesOr on some bestial actWhen lit with radianceThe afterwords the actors speakGive depths to violence,Or if the bull is greatAnd the matadorAnd the swordItself the metaphor. IIIn my dark room the yearsLie in solution,Develop film by film.Slow at first and dimTheir shadows biteOn the fine white pulp of paper.An early snap of fireLicking the arms of airI hold against the light, compareThe details with a prehistoric viewOf land and seaAnd cradles of mud that rockedThe wet and sloth of infancy.A stripe of tiger, curledAnd sleeping on the ribs of reasonPrints as clearAs Eve and Adam, pearledWith sweat, staring at an apple core;And death, in black and whiteOr politic in green and Easter film,Lands on steely points, a dancerDisciplined to the foolscap stage,The property of poetsWho command his robes, exposeHis moving likeness on the page.

Table of Contents


Counterpoint to Sleep (1951)

Summer Acres
The Up and the Down of It
Theme and Variation
After Reading Kafka
To a Psycho-Neurotic

The Hangman Ties The Holly (1955)

"I was born a boy, and a maiden..."
In June and Gentle Oven
The Red and the Green
Topsoil to the Wind
Little Men Slip into Death
Daily the Drum
Boys and Girls
Poem in Three Parts
To a Sleep Addict
Where Cliffs, Reflected, Cower

Heresies and Other Poems (1946 - 1961, manuscript)

Nature Be Damned
A Sorrow of Stones
Variations On A Theme

From the copy-books (1945 - 61)

Letter to My Children
Notes on Suburbia
Roches Point

About Anne Wilkinson

A Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

`Beautifully contextualized and lovingly presented, this collection of twenty-five poems is a most pleasing way to experience the work of Anne Wilkinson. The carefully selected poems are nerve-like and do indeed very often set the heart to pounding.... One of the measures of success for any selected or `essential' anthology, must be whether the collection has stirred a desire in the reader to seek out more of the work, and this one most certainly does.' - Shawna Lemay