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The Essential P. K. Page

byP. K. Page

Paperback | September 1, 2008

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P. K. Page needs no introduction. This is a poet who writes in many genres and on an infinite number of subjects. The source of her poetry is always love - whether in vivid portraits of her inner and outer landscapes; startling insights into the past, the present, the future; illumination of some tiny detail of ordinary life; or admonishments for our neglect of the earth and of each other. Page is an alchemist who turns language into pure gold, a magician who dazzles with sleight of mind. The Essential P. K. Page is perceptive, elegant, romantic (yet never sentimental), sometimes downright funny, wholly conscious.

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, selected short stories, ei...
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Title:The Essential P. K. PageFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 8.78 × 5.56 × 0.28 inPublished:September 1, 2008Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889843082

ISBN - 13:9780889843080

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Table of Contents

7 Foreword

9 Address at Simon Fraser (excerpt)

10 After Rain

12 After Reading Albino Pheasants by Patrick Lane

14 Ah, by the golden lilies

16 Ancestors (from Melanie's Nite-Book)

18 Another Space

20 Arras

22 As on a Dark Charger

23 A Backwards Journey

24 Beside You

25 Custodian

26 Deaf Mute in the Pear Tree

28 Dwelling Place

28 Ecology

29 Evening Dance of the Grey Flies

30 The Filled Pen

31 Funeral Mass

32 A Grave Illness

33 Hand Luggage (excerpt one)

33 Hand Luggage (excerpt two)

34 Hand Luggage (excerpt three)

35 Hughes

36 Inebriate

38 Leather Jacket

39 Like a Cruise Ship

40 Macumba: Brazil

42 Man with One Small Hand

43 The Mole

43 Motel Pool

44 The New Bicycle

45 On Educating the Natives

45 Picking Daffodils

46 Poem Canzonic with love to AMK

48 Remembering

49 The Selves

50 Soft Travellers

52 Star-Gazer

52 Stefan

53 Stories of Snow

55 Suddenly

56 This Heavy Craft

56 This Sky

57 Traveller's Palm

58 Winter Morning

58 The World

59 Young Girls

60 Zero Is Zero

62 About P. K. Page

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`Born in England, Patricia Kathleen (P. K.) Page moved to Canada in 1919, at the age of three. She has lived in New Brunswick, Quebec, Manitoba, and Alberta and now makes her home in British Columbia, in the capital city of Victoria on Vancouver Island. At age 92 she is writing more than ever. This latest collection of her poetry, The Essential P. K. Page, is aptly named. Any fan of her work, of Canadiana, of poetry in general, needs to own this book. The works contained within are dense and chewy, both requiring and creating thought, and keeping all five of the reader's senses involved in the pleasure of reading them. What makes Page's poems so unusual is their apparent rejection of the idea that thought and emotion, thinking and feeling, are different and must be kept separate. P. K. Page thinks with her heart, loves with her mind, and leaves us a wonderful, tangled mess of imagination and possibility. I hope she lives well into her triple-digits, and brings us many more portraits painted as beautifully, as movingly as The Essential P. K. Page.'