The Ishtar Gate: Last and Selected Poems

November 26, 2004|
The Ishtar Gate: Last and Selected Poems by Diana Brebner
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"We are always in the middle of life, looking forwards and backwards; the only movement we can make to defy physics and history is the journey of the spirit. The Ishtar Gate, a ceremonial gate from the palace of Nebuchadnezzar at Babylon, reconstructed and housed in the Staatliche Museum, Berlin, is my personal symbol for the merging of ancient and modern culture, the old goddess-centred religions and the scholarly, rational West." So wrote Diana Brebner of the book she planned to write. Though cancer claimed her life before she could complete this project, she wrote some thirty poems towards it. Here is a poet in extreme control of her craft: the aesthetic refinement, the musicality of language, the spiritual vision, and the playfulness that drew readers to Brebner's previous award-winning books-Radiant Life Forms, The Golden Lotus, and Flora & Fauna - resonate with even greater force in her last poems.
Poet Diana Brebner was born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and was educated at the University of Ottawa. Brebner's poetry was featured in Distant Kin: Dutch Canadian Stories and Poems and Avron Foundation Poetry Competition, both of which are anthologies. Her book Radiant Life Forms won the General Lampert Memorial Award. Brebner has al...
Title:The Ishtar Gate: Last and Selected Poems
Product dimensions:192 pages, 7.4 X 4.9 X 0.5 in
Shipping dimensions:192 pages, 7.4 X 4.9 X 0.5 in
Published:November 26, 2004
Publisher:McGill-Queen's University Press
ISBN - 13:9780773528352

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