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The Goddess in the Garden
Finalist, A.M. Klein Poetry Award.
This is the garden of the Great Mother Goddess, where the drama
of the dynamic relationships—between women (in the roles
of daughter, mother, sister); and between women and men (as friends
and lovers)—cast a revealing light on what is known as Paradise.
A compelling new volume from an important voice in Canadian poetry,
The Goddess in the Garden combines mystical insight and
sensual language to evoke a timeless meadow where humans and deities
play out eternal passions. We're back in the
garden but something's changed...
Front cover sculpture: Reclining Woman, by Mona Rutenberg, 1995,
fiberglass and resin, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Critical Praise for The Goddess in the Garden
"Carolyn Zonailo's best poems are filled with fierce honesty,
revealing truths at the archetypal heart of what it means to be
fully alive as mother, daughter, lover, and ultimately, human
being. The Goddess in the Garden is a book in which the
pain of memory echoes sharply through the tight lines of one of
Canada's strongest contemporary poets. Zonailo's poems achieve
lyric grace in unaffected celebration of life's daily activities
and in homage to the power and intimacy of erotic love."
Trevor Carolan, author of Giving Up Poetry: With Allen
Ginsberg at Hollyhock
"Carolyn Zonailo's poems strike an open, sincere tone. Each
line is alive. Her writing in The Goddess in the Garden
burns through to brilliance. These are poems that, like first
thoughts, come from an unknown source—in order to awaken
and energize us."
Ilona Martonfi, The Yellow Door, Montreal, Quebec
“The book has a lovely achieved-after-struggle feeling,
from the conflicts of the nest situation in part one to the serenity
and acceptance of the later poems. Reading over many of the poems,
they remind me of D.H. Laurence’s sequence ‘Look We
Have Come Through’…and Zonailo’s poems are sensuous
and conversational, like his. The simple, often domestic erotic
details in the poems in The Goddess in the Garden are
like Lawrence, too.”
Jean Mallinson, Ph.D., West Vancouver, B.C.