The Essential Margaret Avison by Margaret AvisonThe Essential Margaret Avison by Margaret Avison

The Essential Margaret Avison

byMargaret Avison

Paperback | November 1, 2010

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The Essential Margaret Avison showcases the development of one of Canada's most brilliant and original poets, twice winner of the Governor-General's Award for Poetry. Margaret Avison's vibrant life work is distilled here into a selection that is illuminating, generous and richly varied.

One of Canada's most respected poets, Margaret Avison was born in Galt, Ontario, lived in Western Canada in her childhood, and then in Toronto. In a productive career that stretched back to the 1940s, she produced seven books of poems, including her first collection, Winter Sun (1960), which she assembled in Chicago while she was ther...
Title:The Essential Margaret AvisonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 8.75 × 5.6 × 0.24 inPublished:November 1, 2010Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889843333

ISBN - 13:9780889843332

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Read from the Book

All Fools' Eve From rooming-house to rooming-house The toasted evening spells City to hayrick, warming and bewildering A million motes. From gilded tiers, Balconies, and sombre rows, Women see gopher-hawks, and rolling flaxen hills; Smell a lost childhood's homely supper. Men lean with folded newspapers, Touched by a mushroom and root-cellar Coolness. The wind flows, Ruffles, unquickens. Crumbling ash Leaves the west chill. The Sticks-&-Stones, this City, Lies funeral bare. Over its gaping arches stares That haunt, the mirror mineral. In cribs, or propped at plastic tablecloths, Children are roundeyed, caught by a cold magic, Fading of glory. In their dim Cement-floored garden the zoo monkeys shiver. Doors slam. Lights snap, restore The night's right prose. Gradually All but the lovers' ghostly windows close.

Table of Contents

From Elsewhere in Always Now: The Collected Poems (Volume 1)
The Butterfly

Winter Sun
Jonathan, O Jonathan
The World Still Needs
All Fool's Eve
November 23
New Year's Poem
The Swimmer's Moment
September Street
Mordent for a Melody

From Elsewhere in Always Now: The Collected Poems (Volume 1)

The Typographer's Ornate Symbol at the End of a Chapter or Story

The Dumbfounding
In a Season of Unemployment
July Man
A Nameless One
Many as Two
A Story
The Dumbfounding

Oughtiness Ousted
Hid Life
Slow Advent
Released Flow
Cement Worker on a Hot Day
A Lament

No Time
Noted, Foundered
Crowd Corralling

Not Yet but Still
Lit Sky and Foundered Earth
Concrete and Wild Carrot
Balancing Out

Too Towards Tomorrow: New Poems, in Always Now: The Collected Poems (Volume 3)
Sad Song

Momentary Dark
Finished When Unfinished
Prayer of Anticipation
En Route
Poetry Is

Still Life
Safe but Shaky

Editorial Reviews

`If beauty, as Alfred North Whitehead defines it, is `a quality which finds its exemplification in actual occasions,' and if beauty is more completely exemplified in `imperfection and discord' than in the `perfection of harmony,' then Margaret Avison's Concrete and Wild Carrot is an occasion of beauty. Avison's poetry is also alive in its sublimity and its humility: `wonder, readiness, simplicity' -- the gifts of perception Avison attributes to her Christian faith -- imbue every poem in this book with a rare spirit of disorderly love. Margaret Avison is a national treasure. For many decades she has forged a way to write, against the grain, some of the most humane, sweet and profound poetry of our time.'