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Split Rock
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Split Rock
Carolyn Zonailo
Caitlin Press,
Vancouver, B.C.

A chapbook collection of poems, including two long poems, “False Passage” and “The Dreamkeeper”, which was scored by jazz pianist Al Neil and performed at Pump’s Gallery with Al Neil and Howard Broomfield. Contains unique prose poems and lyric poetry. This is the early work in a poet’s lifelong career dedicated to the Muse.

Critical Praise for Split Rock

     “Split Rock, by Carolyn Zonalo, is the subtle, profound exploration of a universal theme, expressed by cohesive symbols, some archetypal, some ingeniously invented by Zonalo. She is indelibly a West Coast poet with her concern for roots and natural symbolism, which she uses to delve deeply into the primal scream of history.”

Kathy Tyler, Germination

     “At her best Carolyn Zonailo writes with a clear, clean polish. ‘False Passage’ and ‘The Dreamkeeper’ are substantial achievements… It is gratifying to observe the native style so spontaneously, and so unselfconsciously present in the work of a younger poet of unquestionable talent.”

Marya Fiamengo, Canadian Literature | Publications | Poetry Chapbooks | Split Rock
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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