First Woman

First Woman

by Patricia Keeney


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First Woman by Patricia Keeney

Poetry. Award-winning Canadian writer Patricia Keeney's latest collection of poetry, FIRST WOMAN, continues her personal journeys inward and across the world. Lyric and political, emotionally raw and deeply human, the volume ranges from sexual love to family, from writing to confrontations with power and profound meditations on life and culture. Her ninth collection since her debut in 1988 with Swimming Alone, these new poems—as the Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko has written of her—are filled with "the fiery mystery of inspiration—a mystery that burns long after one closes the book."

FIRST WOMAN is both personal and political. It takes personal journeys inward and across the world. It both thinks and feels, striking a broadly humanist note in a literary world of theory, a technological world of quick fixes and a political world lacking vision. FIRST WOMAN also includes some of her most popular poems from earlier volumes making it an important place to either begin one's own love affair with this unique and admired poet or to continue it. In either case, the contact will be filled with insight, intelligence and love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781926708263
Publisher: Inanna Publications
Publication date: 11/14/2011
Pages: 140
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Patricia Keeney is the author of nine books of poetry and a picaresque novel entitled The Incredible Shrinking Wife. Her Selected Poems, published in 1996, contains an introduction by the distinguished Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Her poetry has been translated into French (winning the Prix Jean Paris in 2003), Spanish, Bulgarian, Chinese and Hindi. As a book and theater reviewer and an arts journalist for over twenty years, Keeney has written extensively in various Canadian and international publications, including The Canadian Forum, Maclean's Magazine and Canadian Literature, Canadian Woman Studies, Arc Poetry Magazine, New Theatre Quarterly, based in London, England, South African Theatre Journal, based in Cape Town, and Critical Stages, a web journal. She continues to write regularly for publications both nationally and internationally. Keeney is a professor of English and Creative Writing at Toronto's York University and makes her home in a 160- year old log heritage house near Lake Simcoe, north of Toronto.

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