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The Hidden Room


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August 1997

Beschreibung

Beschreibung

If not a shilling life'', a glance at "Who's Who in Canada" will give you all the facts. Which are more than impressive. P K Page, born in 1916 and very much with us is, in brief, a phenomenon; a "force majeur" in Canadian literary and artistic life; a National Treasure. Her work to date, sprung from the praiseworthy ambition of the lavishly gifted, bestows upon us rich decades of protean accomplishment, of widespread honour and renown. Let us however concern ourselves here with the essential fictions - with the beginning in delight and ending in wisdom, as Frost has it, of true poems; with this present testament of imaginative, intellectual and spiritual achievement: "The Hidden Room: Collected Poems." To immerse oneself in these two handsome volumes (elegantly complemented and informed throughout by the drawings and paintings of her twin sister, / beautiful as Euclid'', the painter P K Irwin) is to plunge into a deep-freighted, breaking wave of swirled delights and parlous undertows. It is, as with all such translucent ramparts of desire and abandon, best met head-on. This is not to say that one must read consecutively through the some four hundred and fifty pages of poetry and the one dangerous, liminal short story. The ordering of the volumes is credited to Stan Dragland, who tackled material spanning sixty years and threaded it together in a manner uniquely his own.'' While the overall drift is chronological, the poems have been so intelligently interwoven that each of the volumes is a realized entity, as each is a reflection of the whole.'

Inhaltsverzeichnis

ContentsA Dome of TearsLittle Girls 11 Young Girls 12 Sisters 13 The Bands ... 14 Blowing Boy 15 Boy with a Sea Dream 16 The Chief Mourner 18 Adolescence 19 Virgin 20 Morning, Noon and Night 21 Summer 22 As Ten, As Twenty 23 Green Little Corn 24 The Apple 25 Doll's House -- New Model 26 Painter 28 The Flower and the Rock 29 Art Gallery 30 Piece for a Formal Garden 31 To a Portrait in a Gallery 32 The Condemned 33 Failure at Tea 35 The Figures 36 T-Bar 37 The Metal and the Flower 39 Photograph 40 Romantic 41 Find Me 42 His Dream 43 Divers 44 In a Ship Recently Raised ... 45 Contagion 46 Vegetable Island 47 The Map 49 Mineral 51 Reflections in a Train Window 52The Hidden ComponentsRemembering 55 Beside You 56 Small World 57 Only Thought 57 The Gift 57 Picking Daffodils 58 Motor Trip 58 The Glass Air 59 The Puppet 61 Water and Marble 62 Eden 63 The Hidden Components 65 Shaman 67 Anachronism 69 Knitter's Prayer 69 Dot 70 On Brushing my Hair ... 71 Tired 71 Suffering 72 Miniatures 74 Prisoners 75 Deep Sleep 76 Nursing Home 77 Rage 80 Enemy 80 Truce 81 Cross 81 Chimney Fire 82 War Lord ... 84 Portrait 86 Leather Jacket 88 Legend 90 Leviathan in a Pool 92 Address at Simon Fraser 99After RainDeaf Mute in the Pear Tree 107 After Rain 109 This Frieze of Birds 111 Giovanni and the Indians 113 Cook's Mountains 115 Bark Drawing 117 Storm in Mexico 119 On Educating the Natives 119 Brazilian House 120 Macumba: Brazil 121 Brazilian Fazenda 123 Conversation 124 Winter Morning 125 This Sky 125 Snowfall 126 Allen Dreaming ... 127 Chinook 128 George Johnston Reading 129 All These Men 130 When Bird-like, ... 131I -- SphinxI -- Sphinx 135The Whitest FeatherThe World 147 Entreaty 147 A Backwards Journey 148 In Class We Create Ourselves ... 149 Concentration 150 Waiting to be dreamed 151 Before Sleep 153 Dark Kingdom 154 Lily on the Patio 155 Your Hand Once ... 156 The New Bicycle 157 Blowing 158 Neighbours 159 Kaleidoscope 160 Airport Arrival 163 Morning 163 Skyline 163 Visitants 164 They Might Have Been Zebras 165 Preparation 167 Seraphim 168 Invisible Presences Fill the Air 169 Another Space 170 The Dome of Heaven 172 Masqueraders 173 The Murder 174 To a Dead Friend 175 Intraocular Lens Model ... 176 Single Vision 177 The Arrangement 178 Black and White 180 Cry Ararat! 183HologramHologram 189 The Gold Sun 191 Autumn 193 Poor Bird 195 Inebriate 197 In Memoriam 199 Presences 201 Planet Earth 203 Love's Pavilion 205 Alone 207 A Bagatelle 209 Exile 211 The Answer 213 The End 215Now That I Am DeadThe Castle 219 After Hearing Satyagraha ... 220 Like a Cruise Ship 223 Blue 223 Request to the Alchemist 223 Aurum 224 Big Wind 225 Marmots 226 The Trick 227 Funeral Mass 228 Complaint 229 Pain to his Helper 230 But We Rhyme in Heaven 231 A Part 232 Flight 232 This Heavy Craft 233Index of First Lines 235

Portrait

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, eight books for children, and a memoir, entitled Brazilian Journal, based on her extended stay in Brazil with her late husband Arthur Irwin, who served as the Canadian Ambassador there from 1957 to 1959. A two-volume edition of Page's collected poems, The Hidden Room (Porcupine's Quill), was published in 1997.In addition to writing, Page painted, under the name P. K. Irwin. She mounted one-woman shows in Mexico and Canada. Her work was also exhibited in various group shows, and is represented in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Victoria Art Gallery, among others.P. K. Page was born in England and brought up on the Canadian prairies. She died on the 14th of January, 2010.

Pressestimmen

'If not "a shilling life", a glance at Who's Who in Canada will give you all the facts. Which are more than impressive. P K Page, born in 1916 and very much with us is, in brief, a phenomenon; a force majeur in Canadian literary and artistic life; a National Treasure. Her work to date, sprung from the praiseworthy ambition of the lavishly gifted, bestows upon us rich decades of protean accomplishment, of widespread honour and renown. Let us however concern ourselves here with the essential fictions -- with the beginning in delight and ending in wisdom, as Frost has it, of true poems; with this present testament of imaginative, intellectual and spiritual achievement: The Hidden Room: Collected Poems.'To immerse oneself in these two handsome volumes (elegantly complemented and informed throughout by the drawings and paintings of her "twin sister, / beautiful as Euclid", the painter P K Irwin) is to plunge into a deep-freighted, breaking wave of swirled delights and parlous undertows. It is, as with all such translucent ramparts of desire and abandon, best met head-on. This is not to say that one must read consecutively through the some four hundred and fifty pages of poetry and the one dangerous, liminal short story. The ordering of the volumes is credited to Stan Dragland, who "tackled material spanning sixty years and threaded it together in a manner uniquely his own." While the overall drift is chronological, the poems have been so intelligently interwoven that each of the volumes is a realized entity, as each is a reflection of the whole.' -- Richard Outram The Ottawa Citizen 'P.K. Page is a visionary, a descendant of Blake and the alchemist writers. She makes this connection herself in "Request to the Alchemist": "I am a tin whistle/ Blow through me/ Blow through me/ And make my tin/ Gold". Like Blake, Page is also an accomplished visual artist and would subscribe to his conviction that "We are led to Believe a Lie/ When we see not Thro' the Eye." This is the eye that can see beyond habitual perception, the eye with the power to rend what D. H. Lawrence called the "great umbrella between mankind and Titans in the wild air." That is why Page quotes Theodore Roszak: "Unless the eye catch fire/ The God will not be seen." Books in Canada
EAN: 9780889841932
ISBN: 0889841934
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: PORCUPINES QUILL
Erscheinungsdatum: August 1997
Seitenanzahl: 238 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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