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The Holy Hours
Carolyn Zonailo
Morgaine House
Pointe Claire, Quebec

We all experience holy hours: times of epiphany, union, and heightened awareness. The Holy Hours is a collection of poems that celebrates myth, eros, landscape, the luminous making itself known in the midst of the everyday. These exquisitely crafted poems are both mysterious and illuminating. Much can be said in the concise intensity of lyric poetry, in the tradition from Sappho to Blake, Emily Dickinson to H.D. This is a form of poetry where language is evocative, each word is precise, and economy of diction becomes musical.

The Holy Hours is a thematic selection from the early poetry of Carolyn Zonailo—a gathering of CZ’s most lyrical, erotic and spiritual poems. The visionary poetry of The Holy Hours offers the gift of recognition, love for the world, and awe at the diversity of creation. Zonailo is a poet with an authentic voice and a unique imagination.

Critical Praise for The Holy Hours

“Carolyn Zonailo is a lyric poet in the best traditional sense…’A Book of Flowers’ and ‘Compendium’ are two sequences of pure lyric speech…In their spare purity they illuminate the mystery of love.”

Douglas Barbour

“The long poem, ‘The Red Camellias’, is a disturbing yet memorable poem. It is reminiscent of the symbolists and early surrealists, and I challenge anyone reading it to remain unmoved.”

Doug Henderson | Publications | Poetry Books | The Holy Hours
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.
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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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