Monthly Archives: November 2012

P.K. Page Again

P. K. Page

Please read another excellent review of Journey With No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page, by Sandra Djwa on page 23 of the Winter 2012-2013 edition of BC BOOKWORLD.


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Lunar Paraphrase

A beautiful seasonal poem from Wallace Stevens (our featured poet in February), which happens to be today’s POEM-A-DAY, from the Academy of American Poets:

Lunar Paraphrase 

by Wallace Stevens

The moon is the mother of pathos and pity.

When, at the wearier end of November,
Her old light moves along the branches,
Feebly, slowly, depending upon them;
When the body of Jesus hangs in a pallor,
Humanly near, and the figure of Mary,
Touched on by hoar-frost, shrinks in a shelter
Made by the leaves, that have rotted and fallen;
When over the houses, a golden illusion
Brings back an earlier season of quiet
And quieting dreams in the sleepers in darkness-
The moon is the mother of pathos and pity.


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Canadian poet P.K. Page was pioneer of her generation

P.K. Page

Thanks to Elizabeth Godley for directing us to this fascinating article about Canadian poet P.K. Page from the November 2, 2012 edition of The Vancouver Sun.

Writer-artist pushed boundaries to accomplish the life she desired, Journey With No Maps, tells Biographer Sandra Djwa spent more than a decade doing research to write the first biography of Canadian poet and artist P.K. Page. Here, Djwa answers questions about her book.

How would you summarize Page’s contribution to Canadian culture and our sense of national identity?

Journey With No Maps is the story of an artist, it’s a love story and it’s a story about Canadian culture in the last 60 years. P.K. Page is one of our very best writers, known internationally for her fine poetry. She’s also a very remarkable woman with the most interesting life of any woman that I know: as poet, visual artist, short story writer, diplomat’s wife, mentor to younger writers, mystic — the list goes on. She grew up in frontier Calgary and Winnipeg in the1920s yearning to write poetry. And she found — by trying — that she had the talent and the grit to succeed. But for a modern woman of her generation there was no path. As she says, “I have a destination but no maps.”

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