The name P. K. Page is synonymous with that of `artist': she won the Governor General's award for poetry in 1957, was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1999, and her paintings are found in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario, among others. Her voice is luminous, her focus grounded in reality, and her mastery of poetic form is nigh unmatched in Canadian literature.
Selected by Zailig Pollock, the poetry in Kaleidoscope is elegant, technically exquisite and full of marvels, and the chronological presentation reveals Page's growth as a poet over her long lifetime. This collection is more than a mere re-publishing of previous work; Kaleidoscope includes poetry hitherto unpublished, and Page involved herself with the process of editing certain pieces until her death in January.
Kaleidoscope: Selected Poems is the first in a series of volumes to be published over the next ten years as a complement to an online hypermedia edition of the Collected Works of P. K. Page. The online edition is intended for scholarly research, while Kaleidscope offers a beautiful and inspiring text to be enjoyed by those who love and wonder at the achievement of Canada's greatest poet.
There's something in this collection to spark new interest, remind those familiar with her well-loved lines and introduce readers to her evolving style over the years. From the dazzling word-work of the early poems, to the gorgeous complexity of her glosas, her skill at fitting line to image and colour to sound is nothing less than stellar -- especially in the way she could make rhyme steep in the vowels and tickle at the back of the mind. Musicality and understanding of rhythm pervades her work. From her beginnings as a poet with an imagistic approach, to the broadening and deepening of the later years, these spiritual, seeking, overcoming poems are compelling. Privileging natural imagery and a disillusionment with contemporary obsessions, the poems reveal a poet who rarely falters. -- Heather Craig St John Telegraph-Journal What the book presents is a poetic tour de force. It illustrates how firmly accomplished Page's work was from the beginning of her career. -- Jay Ruzesky Event 'If you are interested in seeing the developments in the long career of an exemplary poet this book is a gem. If you want to celebrate World Poetry Day by enjoying the products of a fertile, original mind, again, this book is for you. As Page is a wonderful Canadian poet who needs to be even more widely read, this collection of her work is something I will be recommending for all poetry lovers for a long time to come.' The Indextrious Reader
For G.E.R. Ecce Homo The Crow Emergence Desiring Only The Mole Cullen Personal Landscape The Stenographers Bank Strike The Landlady As Ten As Twenty Offices The Flower and the Rock The Bands and the Beautiful Children Element Stories of Snow Adolescence Election Day If It Were You Round Trip This Cold Man Only Child Outcasts Puppets Young Girls Man with One Small Hand Paranoid He loved himself too much. As a child was god. Thunder stemmed from his whims, The Permanent Tourists Portrait of Marina Reflection in a Train Window The Map Giants Photos of a Salt Mine The Apple The Masks are Made by Hand and Show The Event The keys all turned to that event Images of Angels T-Bar Social Note Ordinary people are lovely, they understand Arras The Metal and the Flower This Frieze of Birds Chimney Fire War Lord in the Early Evening Giovanni and the Indians After Rain The Glass Air Bark Drawing Cook's Mountains Knitters Brazilian House On Educating the Natives Rage Truce This Whole Green World A Wish Some Paintings by Portinari Votive Candles Natural History Museum Could I Write a Poem Now? Brazilian Fazenda Cry Ararat! Dark Kingdom The Snowman A Backwards Journey Another Space Those people in a circle on the sand Fly: On Webs Knitter's Prayer Travellers' Palm Anachronism Ecology Three Gold Fish Beside You Let the Honey Accumulate Neighbours Picking Daffodils Leather Jacket Preparation The Yellow People in Metamorphosis Stefan Masqueraders Spinning Shaman Finches Feeding Ancestors The Trail of Bread Macumba: Brazil Phone Call from Mexico Seraphim Dwelling Place The Flower Bed A Grave Illness The Selves Motel Pool The Disguises Domestic Poem for a Summer Afternoon About Death After Reading Albino Pheasants by Patrick Lane Evening Dance of the Grey Flies Message The First Part (excerpt) George Johnston Reading Entreaty Out Here: Flowering Star-Gazer The Filled Pen Custodian Ours This Sky Intraocular Lens Model 103G Concentration Deaf Mute in the Pear Tree Invisible Presences Fill the Air Visitants The New Bicycle Suffering The Gift The Hidden Components Kaleidoscope Lily on the Patio This Heavy Craft Chinook Conversation The World Address at Simon Fraser (excerpt) The End Love's Pavilion Planet Earth Presences Autumn The Gold Sun Poor Bird Hologram The Castle Funeral Mass The Hidden Room Like a Cruise Ship Request to the Alchemist But We Rhyme in Heaven Pain to His Helper Alphabetical (excerpt) Cosmologies Even Lucifer Poem Canzonic with love to AMK Ah, by the Golden Lilies The Blue Guitar Green, How Much I Want You Green Hand Luggage (excerpt) My Chosen Landscape Coal and Roses--A Triple Glosa Your Slightest Look How to Write a Poem Paradise Cullen in the Afterlife
Series: Collected Works of P.K. Page
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 1st October 2010
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 21.84 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 0.45