The Essential Tom Marshall by Tom MarshallThe Essential Tom Marshall by Tom Marshall

The Essential Tom Marshall

byTom Marshall

Paperback | September 1, 2012

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A comprehensive introduction to this enigmatic Canadian poet, The Essential Tom Marshall provides an overview of the breadth of Marshall's career, from the intense, daring poetry of his youth in the 1960s to the reflective work of his later years.

Tom Marshall was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in April, 1938. He studied English and History at Queen's University in the late 1950s, returning to the school after graduation to complete a master's degree on the poetry of A M Klein. With David Helwig, Marshall was at the centre of a group of writers active in Kingston, where he bega...
Title:The Essential Tom MarshallFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 8.68 × 5.53 × 0.3 inPublished:September 1, 2012Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889843538

ISBN - 13:9780889843530

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`Words For H.S.K.M. (1910-91)'The Kennedy profile recumbentis like a craggy mountain rangerising above the oak casket. Time's scythe has had its way with her. The Ancient of Days has drawn a linearound her. She survives herself no more. For years she had been recedinglittle by little. She had been remembered in dreams as younger, stronger. A shrunken woman, kindly, distant,not that terrifying sorceress not yet the strong, protective matrona. Mother, in your darkness and lightI grew. Your love of music and reading.Your hatred of space and freedom. Curious contradictions ofanxiety, nerves, depressionpersisting through generations of Kennedys working the land.Whence comes all that depth of darkness?From Scotland's internecine turmoil? Human mysteries persist, deepen.There is no resolution. Only painfamiliar and defining, strengthening.

Table of Contents

7 Foreword

The Silences of Fire (1969)

11 The park is more like a wood
14 Autobiographies
15 Astrology
16 Speedboat
18 Derangement
19 Notes from a London Diary
21 Words in Exile
24 Interior Monologue #666
25 Coda: Macdonald Park

Magic Water (1971)

26 Politics
28 from Islands
29 Strictly Personal
30 The Return

The Earthbook (1974)

31 Qualifications
32 Other Qualifications
33 Legend
34 Second Legend
35 The Friends
36 The Lamb

Dance of the Particles (1984)

39 Approaching 38
40 Christmas Travel Poem
41 Summer of Seventy-Seven
42 Field Syllabics

Ghost Safari (1991)

44 Dream Sequence
46 Daedelus, Icarus
49 "We are dying . . ."

Some Impossible Heaven of the Senses (1994)

50 Flight
51 To Whom It May Concern
52 Wave Movements
54 The Mother
56 Words for HSKM
57 Voyages
No Way
58 Sonnets of Scorpio
59 ( )

60 About Tom Marshall

63 A Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

With The Essential Tom Marshall, The Porcupine's Quill has once again shown its ability to select and present the best work of poets whose words might otherwise be lost in the electronic ether.