The Ishtar Gate: Last and Selected Poems

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Cancer claimed Diana Brebner's life before she could complete her last collection. The finished poems are gathered here for the first time, together with selections from her award-winning Radiant Life Forms, The Golden Lotus, and Flora & Fauna. Elemental, elegant, and passionate, Brebner's last poems claim as their symbol the Ishtar Gate: a threshold between the past and the future, the old world and the new. Through this Babylonian gate we see a canoe on a northern lake, a scene from Vermeer, a line by ...
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Cancer claimed Diana Brebner's life before she could complete her last collection. The finished poems are gathered here for the first time, together with selections from her award-winning Radiant Life Forms, The Golden Lotus, and Flora & Fauna. Elemental, elegant, and passionate, Brebner's last poems claim as their symbol the Ishtar Gate: a threshold between the past and the future, the old world and the new. Through this Babylonian gate we see a canoe on a northern lake, a scene from Vermeer, a line by Sylvia Plath, a Polaroid of a heart, a jar of orange marmalade, a frozen Aphrodite.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780773528352
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Series: Hugh MacLennan Poetry Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.02 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Considered passion : the poetry of Diana Brebner
Snow angels 3
Immolation 5
The children in that country 6
Awake in the morning room, newly painted 7
You, of all white women I have loved 8
Radiant life forms 9
The sparrow drawer 10
What is homeless in me, and sightless 15
Desire, mother and child 16
The radiant lady poems 17
Open among the lilies 25
The golden lotus 26
Karuna 30
Head of a girl 36
The perfect garden 51
Eleven paintings by Mary Pratt 52
Flora & fauna 73
The black swan 74
Poison dart frogs 80
The green canoe 84
Facing Buddha 86
Prints of love 87
Pictures of an eclipse 88
Polycarbon butterfly unfurled 90
The pictures of my heart 92
At the Schwarzschild radius 97
The blue light of the neutron pool 102
The trout 109
My hope 110
Porthole 111
Port 113
For the poet who told me to think less and feel more 116
Frozen 118
Waiting 120
Morning on the guitar 122
The bridge 124
Detonation/notation 125
Variation on John Thompson's Ghazal XXXVIII 128
The narrow lens 130
Venus velvet 6557 HB 132
The variable swans 133
Listening to Winterreise 135
A stranger 137
The Isis rattle 138
Access the calm serene 139
Concern for my soul 141
Karma's girls 142
Servant of the muse 143
Gaia reclining 144
Our Kate 145
Orange marmalade Keiller recipe 146
Slicing oranges in Kim's kitchen 147
Blood oranges 148
Silence 149
Silence II 151
The nature of weapons 152
That blue is all in a rush 153
The trout in the well : ideas on order & poetry 157
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