Water and Marble

3 May

The poet, P.K. Page caught my eye and heart this morning on my way to work. I read the poem, Water and Marble on the Queen St. West streetcar. Her poem is one of the many great works found in the Poetry on the Way transit campaign.

Water & Marble – P.K. Page

And I shall tell him that the thought of him
turns me to water
and when his name is spoken pale still sky
trembles and breaks and moves like blowing water
that winter thaws its frozen drifts in water
all matter blurs, unsteady, seen through water
and I, in him, dislimn, water in water?

As true: the thought of him
has made me marble
and when his name is spoken blowing sky
settles and freezes in a dome of marble
and winter seals its floury drifts in marble
all matter double-locks as dense as marble
and I, in others’ eyes, am cut from marble.

Still Waters: The Poetry of P.K. Page

This short CFB film encapsulates the life of P.K. Page, a Canadian woman who has reached international stature as both a painter and a poet. Through an exploration of her life and art, the film shows how her powerful works have extended beyond their inherent confines into the realms of anthropology and ecology.

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