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What poetry should do is to enter into the spiritual. The poems
in Memory House reveal moments of "magic" sensibility,
when the division between reader and poem is transcended, the
barriers collapsed, and conscious thoughts transformed into poetic
consciousness. This luminosity in the poem is a gift to the reader—offering
spiritual insight that shakes us out of a normal way of thinking.
Zonailo's landscape poems are not really about landscape per
se, but about inner landscape and psychological perception.
The poems in Memory House evoke a time of innocence,
a child's vision of the world. They describe experiences that
are rooted in a specific point in family and history, while encompassing
a universal time of growing up.
Critical Praise for Memory House
“Carolyn Zonailo's work has
moved from early mythic and feminist articulation toward a clear,
narrative line which fuses mythic and visionary elements into
a documentary clarity rooted in the particulars of her experience.
Here is a distinctive and individual
voice. Her ability to delineate a physical landscape, and transform
that landscape into metaphors, is one of the strengths of Zonailo's
work. Memory House is a collection of poems which focuses
on the relationship of place, time and events, to memory.”
Marya Fiamengo, University of British Columbia
“Zonailo's poems ring like
mellow bells—clean, vivid, vibrant, brilliant. Running through
this deceptively simple collection are deep currents that embrace
humankind as a whole, and that issue a plea to keep sacred ‘the
child's dreaming soul.’"
Elizabeth St. Jacques, Canadian Book Review Annual
“Each text impressed me by its limpid grace—neither
too vague nor too cluttered with detail, neither strained nor
flat, neither cantankerous nor sentimental.”
D.G. Jones, North Hatley, Quebec