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The Essential D. G. Jones by D. G. Jones and Jim Johnstone  

In The Essential D. G. Jones, volume editor Jim Johnstone presents a selection of the most important writings of Douglas Gordon Jones, one of the few of Canada’s great lyric poets to expertly straddle the line between the modern and postmodern era.

Known for his confident and elemental lyrics, and subtle shifts in diction, tone and voice, the poetry of D. G. Jones offers a portal to the natural world. Though initially his poetry tended toward formality and rigorous control, Jones’s style gradually evolved to become looser, more instinctual, given to linguistic flexibility and visual experimentation. The Essential D. G. Jones celebrates this poetic transformation, presenting the most important lyrics from all stages of Jones’s career, along with a few, never-before published poems to round out the collection.

The Essential Poets Series presents the works of Canada’s most celebrated poets in a package that is beautiful, accessible and affordable. The Essential D. G. Jones is the 14th volume in the series.

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2017—ForeWord Indies Book Award,
Long-listed

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2016—Alcuin Award for Excellence in Book Design,
Commended

Table of contents

  • Foreword
  • The Sun is Axeman (1961)
    • Portrait of Anne Hébert
    • Northern Water Thrush
    • Winterkill
    • Odysseus
    • Beautiful Creatures Brief as These
  • Phrases from Orpheus (1967)
    • The Perishing Bird
    • Music Comes Where No Words Are
    • Stevie and Sea
    • The Path
    • The Stream Exposed with All its Stones
  • Under the Thunder the Flowers Light Up the Earth (1977)
    • A Garland of Milne
    • Spring Flowers
    • That’s It
    • I Annihilate
    • Winter Comes Hardly
  • A Throw of Particles (1983)
    • Tremor
    • Between Wars
  • Balthazar and Other Poems (1988)
    • The Pioneer as Man of Letters
    • Fatigue at Night
  • The Floating Garden (1995)
    • A Thousand Hooded Eyes
  • Wild Asterisks in Cloud (1997)
    • Singing up the New Century
    • Stumblesong
    • The Cut Back Beds
  • Grounding Sight (1999)
    • Epistolary
    • Grounding Sight
    • Praise
  • Uncollected
    • Ideas of the End of the World
    • Goldfinchen
    • The Docks Have Been Hauled Out
    • Suddenly
  • About D.G. Jones
  • A Bibliography

Excerpt from book

I Annihilate

I annihilate the purple finch
in the apple tree

it is a winter dawn

it is ‘La Guerre’ Henri Rousseau
saw charging through the shattered space
of the Second Empire

it is a faint
raspberry
in the silent cosmos

c’est une tache
sur la page blanche

un cauchemar en rose

c’est le Québec
libre

a bird

c’est ça
un oiseau dans un pommier

it may fly off
but it won’t go away

I neglected to mention the snow

Praise

the craft of making buttons
that we may come apart
in style

horn, pewter, even plastic

pray, sir
undo this button

oh, we would clothe the mind
in politeness, even
in extremity

to button up is seemly, to
unbutton, step
seemingly without art into
nothing, is grace


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Douglas Gordon Jones was a Canadian writer, translator and critic. Born in 1929 in Bancroft, ON, he studied English Literature in university at McGill and Queen’s. He continued his career in academia, teaching at Bishop’s University before settling into a post at the Université de Sherbrooke. While there, he co-founded a bilingual literary journal ellipse: Writers in Translation (1969-2012), the only magazine of its kind in Canada. Jones was the author of ten books of poetry, and won the A. J. M. Smith Award for Poetry (1977), the A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry (1989, 1995) and the Governor General’s Award, once in 1977 for his collection of poems, Under the Thunder the Flowers Light Up the Earth, and again in 1993 for his translation of Normand de Bellefeuille’s Categorics: 1, 2 & 3. In 2007, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. Jones passed away in March 2016 in North Hatley, Quebec.


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Jim Johnstone is a Canadian writer, editor, and physiologist. He is the author of four books of poetry: Dog Ear (Véhicule Press, 2014), Sunday, the locusts (Tightrope Books, 2011), Patternicity (Nightwood Editions, 2010) and The Velocity of Escape (Guernica Editions, 2008), as well as the subject of the critical monograph Proofs & Equational Love: The Poetry of Jim Johnstone by Shane Neilson and Jason Guriel. He has won several awards including a CBC Literary Award, Matrix Magazine’s LitPop Award, The Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize and This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt. Currently, Johnstone is the Poetry Editor at Palimpsest Press, and an Associate Editor at Representative Poetry Online.

The Porcupine's Quill would like to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts for our publishing program. The financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF) is also gratefully acknowledged.

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POETRY / Canadian

POETRY / General

ISBN-13: 9780889843981

Publication Date: 2016-09-30

Dimensions: 8.75 in x 5.56 in

Pages: 64

Price: $14.95