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Songs for Relinquishing the Earth

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Poetry. Winner of the 1999 Governor General's Award for Poetry and shortlisted for the 1999 Pat Lowther Award and the 1999 Dorothy Livesay Award for Poetry (BC Book Prize). SONGS FOR RELINQUISHING THE EARTH contains many poems of praise and grief for the imperiled earth drawing frequently on Jan Zwicky's experience as a musician and philosopher and on the landscapes of the ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by Brick Books
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James Murphy
"Five Songs for Relinquishing the Earth" are at the heart of Zwicky's book, physically in the middle and spiritually expressing the distillate of her concerns here. It's in these songs you find such phrases as "A symphony of spruce boughs" or read the roar of a falls compared to jewel-music. Music is the focus of many of these poems. She evokes the names of Brahms, Bartok, Beethoven, Bruckner and...Bill Evans. Zwicky is careful about holding seemingly disparate things up for our inspection. In t ...more
Beethoven: Op 127, Adagio
Jan Zwicky


Here at the end of summer
the heart talks to itself,
a thin stream braiding
over a lip of rock.

To go through a wall, then another--
galleries of silent, stone-ground light.
To go through, to that third room on the other side,
to empty the forest of your thoughts, the forest of your lungs,
this is where the heart goes in late summer,
the empty forest. Even the sunlight is alone.

In the third room, the heart sits on the floor
talking to itself. A little stream,
braiding ov
Gillian Barfoot
I read and re-read these poems from time to time... my favourite is Rain Shadow.
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Jan Zwicky’s books of poetry include Songs for Relinquishing the Earth, which won the Governor General’s Award, Robinson’s Crossing, which won the Dorothy Livesay Prize, and, most recently Forge, which was short-listed for the Griffin Prize. Her books of philosophy include Wisdom & Metaphor, Lyric Philosophy, and Alkibiades’ Love (forthcoming 2015).
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