Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Carolyn Zonailo attended
Scripps College, in Claremont, California; and the University
of Rochester, New York, where she published poems in student literary
magazines and studied with classics scholar, Norman O. Brown (author
of Love’s Body and Life Against Death). She received
her B.A. in literature from the University of British Columbia
(1971) and M.A. from Simon Fraser University (1980).
During her life, Zonailo has maintained an interest in mythology,
archetypal studies, and Jungian psychology. Her poetic vision
encompasses a personal and feminist viewpoint together with that
of a mythic and universal perspective.
In Carolyn Zonailo's poetry the quotidian is always under instruction
from the marvelous. Looking out of a clear eye, Zonailo tries
to find a sure music to translate what she sees into the wonder
-- Bruce Whiteman, U.C.L.A.
The aesthetic underlying the writing of Carolyn Zonailo is
her belief that poetry is an essential human activity; for Zonailo,
the poem relates to, and recreates, the phenomenal world, through
recognition and love. Transcendance has no part in Zonailo's
aesthetic: the numinous is present in the images the everyday
world offers. Nor has alienation any place in Zonailo's sense
of the world -- as a home in which the perceiver and the world
perceived correspond to one another.
-- Jean Mallison, PhD.