Planet earth : poems selected and new / P.K. Page ; edited, and with an introduction by Eric Ormsby.

Main Author: Page, P. K. 1916-
Published: Erin, Ont. : Porcupine's Quill, c2002.
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Summary

The title of this book is taken from Page's poem, `Planet Earth', which was chosen by the United Nations in 2000 for their celebratory program Year of Dialogue among Civilizations. Now poet and essayist Eric Ormsby, with Page's input, has selected the best of Page's poems originally collected in the two volumes of The Hidden Room (Porcupine's Quill, 1997). Page has also contributed to Planet Earth a small number of very recent poems. Ormsby has written a wonderful introduction to this new selection; he hastens to point out that deciding what to include was a most difficult process because there was so much to choose from. He goes on to say: `It has become customary in Canada to describe P. K. Page as ``distinguished'', but that epithet betrays her. P. K. Page is simply too vivacious, too cunning, too elusive, to be monumentalized. She is in fact the supreme escape artist of our literature. Try to confine her in a villanelle and she scampers off into free verse. Peg her as a prose poet and she springs forth with a glosa. Categorize her as a poet who writes fiction but then note that you find very little ``poet's prose'' in her stories. Her characters are often incised with acid and a cruelly keen burin. She is the shrewdest of observers but at the same time she celebrates life, low and high, in all its manifestations. One of the finest and most distinctive Canadian poets, P. K. Page is no provincial. She is a citizen not merely of the world, but of the earth.'


Table of Contents

Foreword

Planet Earth

1Deaf Mute in the Pear Tree

The Flower Bed

The Mole

The Understatement

Portrait

For G.E.R.

Images of Angels

Arras

Black Bamboo

A Grain of Sand

Melanie's Nite-Book

2Evening Dance of the Grey Flies

The Crow

The Hidden Room

Personal Landscape

About Death

Custodian

Finches Feeding

Traveller's Palm

Fly: On Webs

After Reading 'Albino Pheasants' by Patrick Lane

Chimney Fire

Poor Bird

Cosmologies

3The Filled Pen

George Johnston Reading

The Gold Sun

Hologram

Dwelling Place

Poem Canzonic with love to A M K

In Memoriam

Address at Simon Fraser

4Outcasts

Schizophrenic

Man with One Small Hand

Another Space

Seraphim

The Disguises

Inebriate

Knitters

Bank Strike

The Permanent Tourists

The Inarticulate

Young Girls

Landlady

Element

The Sick

Squatters

Only Child

Paranoid

Typists

Elegy

Cullen

5Alphabetical

6The Apple

The Figures

Autumn

Unable to Hate or Love

The Castle

Love's Pavilion

Cry Ararat!

Visitants

Out Here: Flowering

Funeral Mass

The Hidden Components

The Glass Air

The Metal and the Flower

Emergence

Stories of Snow

Old Man

The Bands and the Beautiful Children 165

Leather Jacket

Lily on the Patio

Picking Daffodils

The Gift

Cook's Mountains

7Conchita Knows Who Who Is

Portrait of Marina

Star-Gazer

Brazilian Fazenda

After Rain

Cross

Giovanni and the Indians

On Educating the Natives

Exile

Domestic Poem for a Summer Afternoon

Presences

The Answer

Intraocular Lens Model 103G

Invisible Presences Fill the Air

War Lord in the Early Evening

The Selves

Journey Index of Titles

Acknowledgements

About the Author