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A Portrait of Paradise
Carolyn Zonailo
blewointment press
Toronto, Ontario
1983

Carolyn Zonailo’s new collection of visionary poetry features the long poem “Blue and Green”, as well as meditative and lyric poems, including a suite of poems on the female nude. Zonailo’s exploration of Jungian and psychological themes in her poetry is further explored in a section of reproductions of mandalas, drawn and painted by the author.


Critical Praise for A Portrait of Paradise

“She is a very human poet, engaging and likeable. You can feel her presence in her work…her most feminist poems are a series of portraits of ‘female nudes’. In these poems she works through a variety of roles that woman play, from ‘earth goddess’ to the ‘single mother’ to the ‘sex symbol’ to the ‘diplomatic wife’….one laughs with Zonailo’s poems but that laughter doesn’t negate the force and message of her work.”

Stephen Morrissey, Poetry Canada Review


“Her writing is sensual, rich and textured. Scenes painted with words convey a mood, a feeling…the sketches are Zonailo’s ‘search for the human place in the seemingly impersonality of the universe’. The circles ‘are not contained but always expanding’ she writes.”

Elaine O’Farrell, The Vancouver Courrier

 
 
CZ.com | Publications | Poetry Books | A Portait of Paradise
 
 
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Biography
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Zonailo attended ...
 
Poetics
CZ is a visionary poet who writes with compassion and careful detail about the world she lives in.
 
Publications
GoddessThe Goddess in the Garden combines mystical insight and sensual language to evoke a timeless meadow where humans and deities play out eternal passions.
 
Reviews
She draws on her study of mythology, astrology, and Jungian psychology, for a seemingly inexhaustible source of imagery.
 
Interviews
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.
 
Articles
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?
 
Poems
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.
 
Forthcoming Titles
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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Photo Gallery
CZPictures of CZ from her 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s.
 
Literary Papers
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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