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Poems by Carolyn Zonailo
  1. Senior Championship
  2. A Summer Swim
  3. Blind Man in the Metro
  4. Her Long-Limbed Beauty
  5. The Red Alabaster Heart
  6. The Comfort of Mothers
  7. The Man With No Memory
  8. From: The Female Nudes/The Male Nudes
  9. Heritage
  10. Polly
  11. War Poem
  12. Planting Tulip Bulbs
  13. Hunger
  14. Botanical Garden
  15. A Bird In My Study
  16. Epiphany On a Winter Morning
  17. Eve’s Apple
  18. Visiting Aunt Annie’s
  19. The Attic Room
  20. The View From My Window
  21. The Sunflower Turns Sexual
  22. Aubade
  23. Poems of the Heart, for Anna Akhmatova
  24. Heron
  25. The Double
  26. Journey to the Sibyl
  27. Distance
  28. The House of Childhood Dreams
  29. The Archetypal Mother of Us All
  30. Zinnias
  31. The Garden of Eden
  32. My Mother’s Hands
  33. I Have Held the World Together With Love
  34. Cinder/Ella
  35. Kwaday Dan Sinichi (Long Ago Man Found)
  36. Old Ladies of Montreal
  37. The Zen of Surfing
  38. Self and Shadow
  39. The Garden of the Dead
  40. Beloved
  41. Last Will and Testament
  42. Burqa
  43. Name Change
  44. Oh, the birds…
  45. Sunset Over Côte St. Luc Shopping Centre
  46. The Mother Pearl @ the World's Center
  47. Mother Egg—Split in Two Parts
  48. Rational Anger
  49. Clouds of Becoming
  50. Down the Road to the Future—Going Fast
Wave Goddess
The Wave Goddess
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Zonailo attended ...
CZ is a visionary poet who writes with compassion and careful detail about the world she lives in.
GoddessThe Goddess in the Garden combines mystical insight and sensual language to evoke a timeless meadow where humans and deities play out eternal passions.
She draws on her study of mythology, astrology, and Jungian psychology, for a seemingly inexhaustible source of imagery.
There is a quality in her work which makes all her poems hers, but Zonailo’s style does differ. Compendium is a collection of short, lyrical poetry; Zone 5 of prose. Each book is an extension of her poetic exploration and a separate expression.
Over the years of sitting in Grant's Cafe or the Europa and talking poetry with Lewis Gretsinger, the questions have been asked: why write? what are you saying? what are your poetics?
Last Will and Testament
I give my soul to God.
I give my body to the earth.
I give my poems to posterity.
I give my spirit to tolerance.
I give my mind to the future.
Forthcoming Titles
The Land of Motionless ChildhoodThe Land of Motionless Childhood is a memoir of short stories by Carolyn Zonailo about growing up in Vancouver, and her Doukhobor heritage.
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CZPictures of CZ from her 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s.
Literary Papers
Spanning the years 1955 to 2005, the Carolyn Zonailo Papers holds, as nearly as possible, a currently complete collection of Zonailo's extant literary papers.
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