The Dominion of Love

The Dominion of Love

An Anthology of Canadian Love Poems

Book - 2001
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For as long as we have communicated by words, men and women have turned to poets to help them express the surges of emotion that accompany the feelings we call romantic love. Recognizing that "love's domain is as huge, as vast as Canada itself," acclaimed poet Tom Wayman set out in 1997 to compile an anthology of the nation's best poetry on the subject - the result is The Dominion of Love . The Dominion of Love is a collection of poems by fifty of Canada's top writers, including Margaret Atwood, Earle Birney, Marilyn Bowering, Leonard Cohen, Lorna Crozier, Joy Kogawa, Patrick Lane, Dorothy Livesay, Susan Musgrave, Michael Ondaatje, Al Purdy, Shannon Stewart, Phyllis Webb, Howard White and Patricia Young. Strikingly perceptive, literary and passionate, these poems explore the landscape of love and romance. They map the complexities of first love, eroticism and marriage all while avoiding the effusive sentimentality that often accompanies this genre. The Dominion of Love is divided into four sections: "You Have the Lovers," which explores the breathless wonder we experience when we first fall in love; "In Darkness We Find Each Other," which celebrates the curious fact that love often does best at night; "Running to Surrender," which praises long-term relationships; and "Away with Words," two poems that explore the tangled links between love and the language we use to express it."My hope is that the poems of this anthology will help make anyone's journey across love's provinces and territories more sure-footed, cheerful, exciting, successful," writes Wayman in his introduction. "Those who have written about where we journey provide us with the same benefits of any national literature - an expanded sense of place, and a deeper perception of those who inhabit this country."
Publisher: Madeira Park : Harbour Pub., 2001.
ISBN: 9781550172386
1550172387
Characteristics: 159 p. ;,19 cm.
Additional Contributors: Wayman, Tom 1945-

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Jan 21, 2012

the snow covers everything. / its chaste presence / silvers the land: / / love the bright / glitter everywhere. [Douglas Barbour - "Incarnalba iii"]

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Jan 21, 2012

These words are tired / of being / words / They refuse to sit here / pretending / they can't move / off the page [Lorna Crozier - "This is a Love Poem Without Restraint"]

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Jan 21, 2012

From time to time I watch you closely, with new eyes, / appreciating how much of you I haven't seen / / and I'm no longer sure whether it's what I know of you / that attracts me, or what I might find. [Rhona McAdam - "Infinite Beasts"]

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Jan 21, 2012

he saws the proverbial logs / of his sleep / with a chainsaw; / his snores have loosened / plaster on the ceiling, / have homogenized the left-overs / in the refrigerator, / have shattered light bulbs / and frightened plants to death. [Leona Gom - "Men, Snoring"]

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Jan 21, 2012

We want to stop / at 9 a.m. and sunny, or at least / start from there, once. [Zoë Landale - "What About a Valentine?"]

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Jan 21, 2012

I've heard one Victorian lady / arranged her bookshelves / with a grand propriety. / Careful to separate / the male and female authors. / Who knew what might happen / if blind old Milton / was left to stand too long / by the wit of Austen? / What illicit catastrophe, / mingling between the covers / in the dark of night? [Shannon Stewart - "Books"]

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Jan 21, 2012

This is a wonderful collection of love poetry, ranging from the rush of early courtship, through dark nights of separations and questions, on to musings on years spent together. Playful, passionate, tender, thoughtful and often surprising, these are poems to return to again and again. Share a little wordplay with someone you love.

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