- (Mission, B.C., Canada): Barbarian Press, 2020.
- silk spine over paper covered boards, cloth tips, paper spine label
- 66 pages
Price: $500.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 134763
Jan Zwicky has published several volumes of poetry, winning the Governor Generals Award for Poetry in 1999 for Songs for Relinquishing the Earth and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 2004 for Robinsons Crossing, which was also shortlisted for the Governor Generals Award. In 2012 Forge was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. Her books Lyric Philosophy and Wisdom and Metaphor (which was shortlisted for the 2004 Governor Generals Award for Non-Fiction) are luminous additions to modern philosophy and aesthetics. She is Professor Emerita of Philosophy at the University of Victoria. She is also as will be apparent from the lyric grace of her poems an accomplished musician. In 2000 we published Jan Zwickys 21 Small Songs, her first published collection of poems after winning the GG. It seemed about time that we caught up with her again, and we are delighted.
Jan shares this book with Robert Moody. As well as being a celebrated photographer, Robert Moody is an acclaimed mathematician and Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, whose work has concentrated on the mathematics of symmetry. In 2014 Robert Moody collaborated with Jan Zwicky on Vittoria Colonna - Selections from the Rime Spirituali, a volume of translations and photographs published by Porcupines Quill.
It is important to realize that Fifty-six Ontological Studies is not a book of poems illustrated with photographs, but a group of reflections on essences in verse and image. The two modes of reflection are entirely co-equal: as one moves through the pages of the book one slips among the verbal and the non-verbal, much as a bird slips between the branches of a tree, landing on one, gliding over another.
The characters of both poems and photographs are distilled, singular, and exquisite.
The book will be royal octavo (10½ by 6½ inches), 84pp, with a Bradel, or German case, binding, with printed paper over boards. It will be published in a single state in an edition of 120 copies. The text type is Van Dijck, the paper Zerkall Soft White with the photographs, printed by the photographer on Hahnemühle Rice Paper, tipped in.