The Ishtar Gate: Last and Selected Poems

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2005 - 166 pagina's
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We are always in the middle of life, looking forwards and backwards; the only movement we can make to defy physics and history is the journey of the spirit. The Ishtar Gate, a ceremonial gate from the palace of Nebuchadnezzar at Babylon, reconstructed and housed in the Staatliche Museum, Berlin, is my personal symbol for the merging of ancient and modern culture, the old goddess-centred religions and the scholarly, rational West. So wrote Diana Brebner of the book she planned to write. Though cancer claimed her life before she could complete this project, she wrote some thirty poems towards it.Here is a poet in extreme control of her craft: the aesthetic refinement, the musicality of language, the spiritual vision, and the playfulness that drew readers to Brebner's previous award-winning books - Radiant Life Forms, The Golden Lotus, and Flora & Fauna - resonate with even greater force in her last poems.

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Inhoudsopgave

Snow Angels
3
Radiant Life Forms
9
What is Homeless in Me and Sightless
15
Open among the Lilies
25
Head of a Girl
36
The Perfect Garden
51
Flora Fauna
73
Poison Dart Frogs
80
The Trout
109
For the Poet Who Told Me to Think Less
116
Morning on the Guitar
122
Variation on John Thompsons Ghazal
128
The Variable Swans
133
Access the Calm Serene
139
Our Kate
145
Silence II
151

Facing Buddha
86
The Pictures of My Heart
92
The Blue Light of the Neutron Pool
102
Ideas on Order
157
Acknowledgments
165
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Over de auteur (2005)

Poet Diana Brebner was born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and was educated at the University of Ottawa. Brebner's poetry was featured in Distant Kin: Dutch Canadian Stories and Poems and Avron Foundation Poetry Competition, both of which are anthologies. Her book Radiant Life Forms won the General Lampert Memorial Award. Brebner has also received first prize in the League of Canadian Poets National Poetry Contest, the Netherlands Press 10th Anniversary Literary Competition, and the CBC Radio Literary Competition.

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