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Pointe Claire, Quebec
Winter is a poem in celebration of the diversity of
cultures in the long literary tradition of the city of Montreal.
It is also a lament for a growing linguistic intolerance, fuelled
by the politics of separation, increasing in evidence as Montreal
turns toward the millennium.
Drawing upon her ancestral heritage, poet Carolyn Zonailo links
the winter city of Montreal with the historical and literary city
of St. Petersburg. Winter proceeds via metaphorical associations—as
diverse as Hades, Anna Akhmatova, and Jim Morrison—rather
than by literal event. Winter is the poet's attempt to
understand the political and otherwise climate of her time.
Critical Praise for Winter
“Winter is powerful and convincing. It shows again
that real emotion and a passion for truth can generate a very
genuine poetry. I was much moved. Congratulations”
Louis Dudek, McGill University
“I was particularly struck by your incisive observations
about ethnic nationalism, the revision of history …You are
to be congratulated on this work.”
William Weintraub, Montreal, Quebec
“I found Zonailo’s poem Winter quite an impressive
achievement. It is a fine tapestry of the lyrical, satirical,
and political which coalesces into a compelling poetic statement...
Each poem has its own unique force. Winter is among the
best things CZ has done. Has echoes of the imaginative vitality
of Zonailo’s best work, as in ‘Journey to the Sibyl’.”
Marya Fiamengo, University of British Columbia