Coal and Roses
Published by: Porcupine's Quill
Sales Date: 2009-03-15
Published: March 2009
Page Count: 96 Pages
Illustrations: Twenty-one b+w photographs of the attributed poets.
Dimensions: 5.50 x 8.70
96 Pages, 5.50 x 8.70 x 0.40 in, Twenty-one b+w photographs of the attributed poets.
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Coal and Roses allows the poet space to both research and to create, looking simultaneously to the past and to her hopes for an uncertain, metaphysical future.
Included are a series of 21 glosas, borrowing from the work of Ted Hughes, John Ashbery and Thom Gunn, amongst others. A masterful display of linguistic dexterity, Page assimilates the pervasive complexity and the abundance of tradition that co-exist in the world of literature.
`Treasure Hunt', Robert Penn Warren
`Of Many Worlds in this World', Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle (1623-1673)
`As kingfishers catch fire', Gerard Manley Hopkins
`Creation', Ted Hughes
`Yellow Spring', Juan Ramon Jimenez
`somewhere I have never traveled, gladly beyond', e e cummings
`The Blue Guitar', Wallace Stevens
`Inventory', Dionne Brand
`Paradoxes and Oxymorons', John Ashbery
`Edge of Night', Don McKay
`Report from Paradise', Zbigniew Herbert
`And Once More Saw the Stars', P. K. Page & Philip Stratford
`Finally Left in the Landscape', Gwendolyn MacEwen
`Limits', Jorge Luis Borges
`In a Dark Time', Theodore Roethke
`Love Poem for a my Daughter', Marilyn Bowering
`Somnambular Ballad', Federico Garcia Lorca
`The Wound', Thom Gunn
`Everything is Plundered', Akhmatova
`A Companion to the Order of Canada, one of Canada's highest civilian awards, PK Page brings her excellent expertise to the table with Coal and Roses. An exploration of language using the concept of Glosas, she discusses poetry by channeling sources of many other famous poets to execute her work, staying true to the original while getting her message across with fine technique. ``On a Far Shore'': It is summer, early evening / stars beginning / no dog barking. / The morning star / promises daylight, / and the moon is full. / Yet darkness fights for itself. / It has its methods, / is infinitely resourceful. / The night unravels its blue wool.'James Cox, Midwest Book Review
`Page dedicates Coal and Roses ``To you, my readers, whoever you be.'' In the twenty-one glosas that follow, Page demonstrates her skill as a poet who can expand with wit and verve on many themes while following the difficult form of the glosa in which, as outlined in a prefatory note, the four lines of a borrowed quatrain from another poet are used to terminate each of her own four ten-line stanzas. In this more challenging form, the sixth and the ninth lines must rhyme with the borrowed lines, and, of course, the poet's work must measure up to or exceed that of the poet on whose poem she builds her own. Following all these intricate requirements while intertwining her own verses with the borrowed lines, Page begins with Robert Penn Warren's poem ``Treasure Hunt'' to create her own poem, ``The Search,'' and ends with Anna Akhmatova's apocalyptic ``Everything is Plundered'' to write a triple glosa using three different quatrains from that poem to provide the scaffolding for her own title sequence.'Gillian Harding-Russell, Prairie Fire