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Carolyn Zonailo
Vancouver, B.C.

This collection is Zonailo’s auto-da-fe, or “act of faith”—in her gift as a poet and her belief that the noumenal can be found in the everyday life that engages all of us. These poems, especially the ones about her Doukhobor heritage, form the foundation for her poetics. Contains unique and experimental prose poems as well as poetry.

Critical Praise for auto-da-fe

     …the poems, which on the whole speak with an unostentatious, clear colloquial voice at once lyrical and sturdy, a voice which, even when it is adopting the tone of a manifesto, does not over-insist on itself. The poems work at various levels, graphic and symbolic, but without rhetorical over-elaboration…"Initiation" is a fine example of Zonailo's central strength as a poet: her ability to render a multiplicity of meanings in a language at once graphic, kinetic, colloquial and cadenced…

     The series of prose pieces called "Myths of Heresy" are small parables which use the syntax of prose to subvert narrative, sequence, point of view. It is familiar territory, static, enigmatic, a place of gesture without motion, space without time. Central to the subversion of traditional meanings in these pieces is the figure of Circe, transformed from sorceress to goddess of plenitude; central to the subversion of narrative technique is the figure of the Jogger, that surreal image of our own time, who undermines the act of running by having no goal. The prose pieces are slight, indeterminate, they resist closure, with finesse; they call into question the existence of definitive story, but they leave us with language, with versions, with variety.

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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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