Wind Has Wings

Wind Has Wings : Poems from Canada

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  • Hardback | 96 pages
  • 140 x 220mm
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Ill.(some col.).
  • 0192760378
  • 9780192760371

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The title is taken from an Eskimo chant (in translation) and all Canada is represented in a wide and welcome variety of verse forms and rhythms. There are fierce thrusts and funny fluff, wry twists and striking images. "A Threnody" plays with a press dispatch ("The Ahkoond of Swat is dead"): "For the Ahkoond I mourn./ Who wouldn't?/ He strove to disregard the message stern,/ But he Ahkoond't./ . . .That Swat's the matter!" A poem to the "Sweet Maiden of Passamaquoddy" makes melodic verse from wild Indian names like Skoodawabskooksis, Miramachi and Passadumkeag. Roy Daniells' "Noah" has a very modern dilemma as "they" form a committee and cancel his building permit, refusing to believe his warning: "And then the rain began/ . . . Then deluge universal. The old man/ Arthritic from his years of scorn and toil/ Leaned from the admiral's walk and watched them drown." Equally adroit is his sonnet "The Mole" - (it may have been a vole: I can't distinguish)." "The Great Lakes Suite" is a six-in-one tribute to Superior et al. and there are others, long and 'short, of various penetrations. The illustrations vary from brightly colored collages to deceptively simple black-and-white woodcuts. No apparent order but an absorbing arrangement. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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