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9. Envoi

     These poems want to be as transparent and clear as a mountain steam. They attempt, in their entirety, to be metaphors, over and above the use of metaphorical language.

     These poems have a desire to flow like water, to be smooth as paper. These are lyrical poems of a speculative nature. These poems are about how we, as humans, live. These poems are like a liquid eye that we can look through—clear, clean, right through—and see the world we live in. These poems are an open eye, an observing I, allowing both poet and reader to look through them and see what the poem sees, the poem’s vision.

     These poems do not attempt to illuminate the everyday. They have no desire to cause the mundane to appear sacred. These poems do not attempt to make an apotheosis of everyday life.

     On the contrary, these poems are an apotheosis of spirit, pure and shining. They say “Look, this is all we can see, spirit. All that you can see through this eye, I, aperture, lens of the poem: is spirit.”

  Carolyn Zonailo
Foreword to Nature’s Grace
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Copyright by Carolyn Zonailo:, 2004 | Poetics | Envoi
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