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Carolyn Zonailo
The Heron Press
Vancouver, B.C.

A collection of intensely lyrical poems by Canadian poet Carolyn Zonailo. These richly textured poems are accompanied by line drawings by the author. These short, song-like poems are flawless in their diction and controlled lyricism. Zonailo allows the reader to both take delight in love while at the same time learn love’s lessons.

Critical Praise for Compendium

“Carolyn Zonailo is a lyric poet in the best traditional sense. As the poems of Compendium show, she writes of love as Sappho did, directly and with understated grace…‘A Book of Flowers’ and ‘Compendium’, two sequences of pure lyric speech…At their best, Zonailo’s poems achieve her desire. In their spare purity, they lyrically illuminate the mystery of love.”

Douglas Barbour, Edmonton Journal

“Carolyn Zonailo is another poet who has used a visual medium in conjunction with her literary art. Like the simple line drawings illustrating her book, Zonailo’s poems are elegantly succinct… However, the emphasis in Zonailo’s work is in every way a matter of language.”

Lavinia Inbar, Poetry Canada Review

     “Compendium, Zonailo’s latest, is also her best…Her poems are stark, powerful and tight…What makes her poetry speak as powerfully as it does is her humanity shining through the words to give the simple messages contained in life—pain, joy, love, grief and desire.”

J. Irving, Capilano Courier

"...a book uv discovree hard times n joy highlee acheed art n reel a book abt love... 'sounds spill out'..."

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Wave Goddess
The Wave Goddess
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Zonailo attended ...
CZ is a visionary poet who writes with compassion and careful detail about the world she lives in.
GoddessThe Goddess in the Garden combines mystical insight and sensual language to evoke a timeless meadow where humans and deities play out eternal passions.
She draws on her study of mythology, astrology, and Jungian psychology, for a seemingly inexhaustible source of imagery.
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.
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?
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.
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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