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The Taste of Giving
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The Taste of Giving: New & Selected Poems
Carolyn Zonailo
Caitlin Press
Vancouver, B.C.

The Taste of Giving is a selection from the poetry of Carolyn Zonailo, written between 1975 and 1990. This collection brings together work from seven previous books and chapbooks, plus new and uncollected poems. The ordering is largely chronological.

Carolyn Zonailo is a lyric poet with a distinctly original, profoundly intimate voice. A poet dedicated to her craft, Zonailo expresses the particulars of landscape and experience in poems that are animated, vivid, and compassionate. Above all, Zonailo's poetry is infused with emotional vitality. In her introduction, scholar and critic Jean Mallinson describes Zonailo as a poet who "insists on finding and using words for a world which is at once phenomenal and numinous, at once transient and charged with human meaning."

Critical Praise for The Taste of Giving: New & Selected Poems

     “This is a woman poet in quest of her mythic and historical heritage. Her Doukhobor ancestors and their tradition of radical dissent and non-violent civil disobedience is claimed as part of the poet's aesthetic: ‘there's a tradition/ of walking naked/ in my history.’ …This is a poet driven to seek spiritual and creative power. The journey is inward, the path descends, spirals to the bottom of the sea, brings us back to ‘the breathable blue surface.’”

Dona Smyth, Acadia Journal of Canadian Poetry

“Carolyn Zonailo's poetry denies closure. She is not concerned with making explicit statements or tying up loose ends but enacts the practice of presence in her work. One flows with the tides in a long poem like ‘Journey to the Sibyl’, while discovering, as indeed the mythical Sibyl also realizes, that the energy of every individual and object will be constantly transformed and never destroyed.”

Beryl Baigent, Poetry Canada Review

“I particularly like those springing from her Doukhobor heritage.”

George Woodcock, B.C. Bookworld | Publications | Poetry Books | The Taste of Giving
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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