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Winter, review by Elizabeth Johnston, The Montreal Gazette

     Carolyn Zonailo explores alienation, a popular theme of modern poetry. In varying degrees we’re alienated from ourselves, each other and our society. Yet…this modern malaise is conflated with an ancient preoccupation, fate.

     Zonailo probes her environment in an effort to provide a context for what she sees around her: a chilling alienation between people and cultures.

after the revolution
after we separate
after we become better
                         than you
we’ll own everything

     Zonailo’s poems reveal how easy it is to fall through the cracks of such faulty logic. In order to understand what’s happening now, Zonailo travels to Hell and back incorporating the likes of Jim Morrison and Persephone into her cold poetic landscape to show that “after” is a dangerous and ultimately barren concept.

     One of the great things about the drama festivals in ancient times, was that they provided a forum for political discussion and social action. Zonailo’s chapbook laments society’s alienation from its own poetry and reflects the chilling apathy of the age.

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Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Zonailo attended ...
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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.
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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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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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