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Zen Forest
Carolyn Zonailo
Caitlin Press
Vancouver, B.C.

Carolyn Zonailo is a West Coast lyric poet. Born and raised in Vancouver, she traveled extensively in British Columbia with her family. Previous books include The Wide Arable Land, and A Portrait of Paradise. In Zen Forest she continues to explore relationships between psyche, language and landscape.

Critical Praise for Zen Forest

“…in her Zen Forest she remains closely attached to physical presences, sensing their manna, and, despite her Buddhist title, I would see her poetry as expressing a deep Taoist empathy with the natural world.”

George Woodcock, B.C. Bookworld

     “Zen Forest by Carolyn Zonailo is a substantial work. Opening its pages, we are confronted with a wide range of subject matter and styles: personal meditations, recollections, chants, charms, a witch's spell, an adaptation of the childhood rhyme-and-prayer, ‘Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep’, an imitation of Wallace Steven's ‘Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird’, lines after a poem by Theodore Roethke, and a long, discursive poem on Vancouver's beaches… A gifted lyricist who spent a lot of time at her craft, Zonailo writes with a depth, a quality of spiritual insight, which is delightful.”

Mona Elaine Adilman, Canadian Poetry

“Carolyn Zonailo…is more than a poet of promise, she is already a poet of some achievement. Her work is distinguished by a diligent commitment to imaginative growth.”

Marya Fiamengo, Canadian Literature

     “Carolyn Zonailo's Zen Forest is a densely packed collection of poems about spiritual experience. The experience of death is one of the central concerns.”

Lavinia Inbar, Capilano Review | Publications | Poetry Books | Zen Forest
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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