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    Chinese Chamber Music Fred Candelaria Canada
    9780921870029 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date:January 16, 1989
    $9.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.19 in | 120 gr | 56 pages Carton Quantity:72 Canadian Rights: Y Ronsdale Press
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      Fred Candelaria's sixth collection of poetry, Chinese Chamber Music, evokes a world of tradition, art and great ceremony, a world that excites "blinded touch" and that leads readers "to read the unwritten." These poems present the world as music, not as problems to be solved. Professor Emeritus at Simon Fraser University, Candelaria founded and then edited The West Coast Review for nearly a quarter of a century.
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      Fred Candelaria (1929-2003) was born deep in the desert around El Paso, Texas. He was drafted into the US Army and assigned to Army Intelligence because of his knowledge of languages; he is bilingual in Spanish and English, and has some understanding of French, German, Latin, and Greek. He received an English degree from the University of Texas and went on to achieve a PhD from the University of Missouri in 1959. He taught at the University of Oregon until 1965, then moved to Canada to teach English Literature at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C.


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    Abbey Selections 1959-1989 Lloyd Abbey Canada
    9780921870043 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date:January 16, 1989
    $12.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.38 x 0.28 in | 70 gr | 106 pages Carton Quantity:52 Canadian Rights: Y Ronsdale Press
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      This selected edition contains the strongest and most comprehensive collection of Lloyd Abbey's work to date. Writing frequently about animals and insects, Abbey takes us inside their consciousness, allowing us to see anew the world through their eyes. Author of the best-selling novel The Last Whales, Abbey is emerging as a major talent in Canadian literature.
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      Lloyd Abbey was born in London, Ontario, in 1943, and grew up with a deep interest in wild animals, which figure largely in his writing. Educated at McMaster, Western, and the University of Toronto, he taught for many years as a professor of English literature at the University of British Columbia, specializing in the poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Abbey has published three collections of poetry, including Ronsdale's 1989 Selections: 1959-1989, which contains many of his finest poems. He has had a major success with his novel Follow the Whales, which was translated into a number of languages. He now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he writes full time.


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    Light Like a Summons Mary Choo Canada, Margaret Fridel, Eileen Kernaghan
    9780921870067 Paperback POETRY / Anthologies On Sale Date:January 16, 1989
    $12.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.3 x 0.25 in | 110 gr | 78 pages Carton Quantity:90 Canadian Rights: Y Ronsdale Press
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      "I recommend this book to you. It is a book of poetry whose authorship is plural, but I hesitate to call it an anthology because of certain conventions which the mention of the term causes the reader to expect. This is a book whose mythic spectrum is broad. Very. I took on the project as editor because the body of work presented me by publisher and the five poets was various, superb, and challenging. See what you think." - J. Michael Yates
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      Mary E. Choo is a fantasy and science fiction poet and writer who lives in Richmond, British Columbia. She attended the University of British Columbia, and in recent years her work has placed in a number of contests, including the poetry category of the Cross-Canada Writers' Magazine annual competition and the American Amelia Awards. Choo's poetry has appeared in publications in both Canada and the United States, among them the Methuen children's anthology, The Window of Dreams, Mamashee, Scrivener, and Amelia. She has had fiction accepted by The Twilight Kingdom and Sword and Sorceress VI. Margaret Fridel began writing poetry while completing a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. Several magazines have accepted and published her work, including The Capilano Review and The Mattawa Chronicle in Canada and Interstate in the United States. She lives in Coquitlam, B.C., with her three children and her other interests include photography and mountaineering. Eileen Kernaghan is the author of three bronze-age fantasy novels: Journey to Aprilioth (Ace 1980); Songs from the Drowned Lands (Ace 1983), which won the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Award; and The Sarsen Witch (Ace 1989). She has published poetry and short fiction in PRISM International, Room of One's Own, The Magazine of Speculative Poetry, ON SPEC Magazine and other literary magazines, and her work has appeared in a number of anthologies in Canada and the United States. Kernaghan is also a co-author of The Upper Left Hand Corner: A Writer's Guide For The Northwest (International Self-Council Press 3rd ed. 1986). She lives in Burnaby, B.C., where she and her husband Patrick operate Neville Books. Sue Nevill has the usual eclectic writerly background: jobs in advertising, archaeological mudpits, bars, berry fields, book shops and the odd school; travels in Europe, the Mediterranean and Caribbean; obsessions that range from baseball to opera. She's a freelance writer and editor, and her short fiction and poetry are beginning to appear fairly regularly in Canadian, U.K., and U.S. literary and commercial magazines. She lives in Vancouver, B.C. Laurel Wade was born in Manitoba and grew up there, in Ontario, and in British Columbia. She attended Kwantlen and Douglas colleges, then Simon Fraser University where she earned her Bachelor's degree in English and her Teaching Certificate. She was a maximum security prison guard at Lakeside Women's Correction Centre before finishing her degree. She is an avid motorcyclist and loves fishing. She has one son. Presently, Wade teaches English and E.S.L. at Burnaby North Secondary School. Her poems and translations have appeared in PRISM International, Poetry Australia, Nexus and B.C.E.T.A. Professional Writing Journal.


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    Torpor J. Michael Yates Canada
    9780921870005 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories On Sale Date:March 16, 1989
    $12.95 CAD 5.4 x 8.25 x 0.38 in | 260 gr | 146 pages Carton Quantity:50 Canadian Rights: Y Ronsdale Press
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      The companion volume to Torque, Torpor is J. Michael Yates' second masterful collection of prose fiction. These compelling, often surreal works reveal a cryptic yet beautiful world in which nothing can be taken for granted.
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      Born in 1938 in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, J. Michael Yates is a legendary figure in the world of international letters, to which he has contributed an important body of fiction, poetry, and drama. His work has been translated into fourteen languages and has appeared in hundreds of periodicals and anthologies around the world. Yates taught at various universities in the United States and Canada, including five years at the University of British Columbia. He eventually left the academy to pursue other interests, among them book publishing, advertising, broadcasting, photography, and computer programming. He has also worked as a powder monkey, logger, motorcycle racer, print salesman, and correctional officer. Yates has won numerous prizes in several genres over the years, including a Major Hopwood Award for Poetry and a Major Hopwood Award for Drama. His Schedules of Silence won the Writers' Choice Award for 1987 in Canada.
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    Dog Star Harold Enrico Canada
    9780921870104 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date:June 16, 1990
    $12.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.25 in | 190 gr | 90 pages Carton Quantity:54 Canadian Rights: Y Ronsdale Press
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      Harold Enrico's third collection of poetry continues the tone and rhythm of the great European masters while employing the tough, strong imagery of the Pacific Northwest.
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      Harold James Enrico was born in 1921 in Cle Elum, Washington. In 1939 he entered the University of Washington to study music, languages, and literature. World War II intervened, and he served in the US Army for four years; he was passionately opposed to war the rest of his life. In 1945, while studying German in New York City, he met his future wife, Theresa Conroy. They married on St. Patrick's Day 1946; they had five children and two grandsons.
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    9780921870050 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date:January 16, 1991
    $10.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.22 in | 170 gr | 74 pages Carton Quantity:72 Canadian Rights: Y Ronsdale Press
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      In her fourth volume of poetry, Inge Israel takes the reader on a journey deep into contemporary Japan. She depicts the conflict between the consumerism of industrial life and the luminosity of age-old ceremonies. In the end, the delicate, lyric qualities of Israel's poems re-establish the patterns of Zen.
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      Inge Israel was born in Germany, grew up in France and Ireland and lived in Denmark for some years before settling in Canada. She speaks four languages fluently. The recipient of several literary prizes and awards, Israel is the author of eight books of poetry and short stories in French and English, including: Aux quatre terres (Ed. du Vermillon, 1990), Raking Zen Furrows (Ronsdale Press, 1991), Unmarked Doors (Ronsdale Press, 1992), Le tableau rouge (Ed. du Vermillon, 1997), and Rifts in the Visible / Fêlures dans le visible (Ronsdale Press, 1997). Raking Zen Furrows was translated into Japanese for Bungeisha Press in 2007. Israel has also published three books of dramas for radio and stage. In 1998, she was named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in recognition of her contribution to French literature.
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    9780921870074 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:January 16, 1991
    $12.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.38 in | 290 gr | 132 pages Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y Ronsdale Press
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      In this collection of witty and trenchant aphorisms, Robin Skelton draws on the cynicism of La Rochefoucauld, the Aufklärung insights of Lichtenberg and the devillish wiles of Ambrose Bierce to provide Canada with its own Devious Dictionary. Once again, Skelton proves himself to be a wizard of language. Illustrated with Ludwig Zeller's art collages.
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      Acknowledged as one of Canada's leading men of letters, Robin Skelton grew up in England. During World War II, he served in India and Ceylon with the R.A.F. In 1963, he emigrated to Canada to teach at the University of Victoria, where he founded the Creative Writing Department. Renowned as a scholar and critic of art and literature, he has become an authority on poetic forms and the Irish drama. In 1991, he retired from the University of Victoria and is now a full-time writer.
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    Daymares Selected Fictions on Dreams and Time Robert Zend Canada
    9780921870128 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories On Sale Date:April 16, 1991
    $12.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.47 in | 280 gr | 200 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Ronsdale Press
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      Robert Zend's eleventh book continues his wonderfully surreal explorations of the mind trapped in the paradoxes of time and space. This posthumous edition includes a Foreword by John Robert Colombo and an Afterword by Northrop Frye.
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      Robert Zend, poet, author, documentary producer and inveterate doodler, emigrated to Canada in 1956 following the Soviet invasion of Hungary. He received his undergraduate degree from the Peter Pazmany University in Budapest in 1953, and earned an M.A. in Italian literature from the University of Toronto in 1969.
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    Gravity & Light Margaret Blackwood Canada, Anne M. Kelly, Kerry Slavens
    9780921870098 Paperback POETRY / Anthologies On Sale Date:November 16, 1991
    $12.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.53 in | 350 gr | 174 pages Carton Quantity:42 Canadian Rights: Y Ronsdale Press
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      Poems that are, in turn, meditative, acerbic and raunchy. These three women lighten the gravity of everyday matters with their sympathetic intelligence.
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      Margaret Blackwood is a Victoria-based poet, fiction writer and visual artist. She has a B.F.A degree from the University of Victoria. Her first volume of poetry was part of a triptych with Anne.M. Kelley and Kerry Slavens, entitled Gravity and Light (1991), and published by Ronsdale. She has also edited Earth, Air, Fire, Water (Arkana, 1990) and Aimed at Nobody (Faber and Faber, 1993) with Robin Skelton. Her volume The Monstrous Regiment (Andre Deutsch, 1990) is a compilation of quotations about women throughout the centuries. She has also published the collection of poems The Seed Jar (Beach Holme, 1995) and a chapbook, Unfinished World (Reference West, 1991). Anne M. Kelly was born in New Orleans. She has made the west coast of Canada her home since 1967. In addition to writing poetry and fiction, she has worked as an actress and visual artist. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria, where she was awarded the Victoria Medal for achievement in fine arts. Her work has appeared in a number of Canadian periodicals. Poet and fiction writer Kerry Slavens was born in the mining town of Natal, B.C., now a ghost town. She presently lives in Victoria, B.C., where she received her B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria. She is currently writing a novel and collection of poems, as well as working in the environmental movement and as a freelance writer. She has won several journalism awards, and her work has appeared in Canadian literary magazines.
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    Learning to Breathe Richard Stevenson Canada
    9780921870111 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date:May 16, 1992
    $10.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.28 in | 200 gr | 110 pages Carton Quantity:68 Canadian Rights: Y Ronsdale Press
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      In Learning to Breathe, Richard Stevenson wrestles the male muse; he acknowledges rape, emasculation, torture, and attempts to reconcile the lot of the sons of Cain to the roles of prodigal fathers. Each of the lyrics, serial narratives, and dramatic monologues asks the question: How can our children become fathers to the men we are now?
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      Richard Stevenson is the author of four previous full-length collections of poetry: Driving Offensively (Sono Nis Press, 1985), Spitting Up (Third Eye Publications, 1986), Horizontal Hotel (TSAR Publications, 1989), and Whatever It Is Plants Dreams... (Goose Lane Editions, 1990). A past Editor-in-Chief of PRISM International and founding editor of Black Apple, he currently lives with his wife Gepke and two children, Adrian and Marika, in Lethbridge, Alberta, and teaches English, Humanities, Technical and Creative Writing courses for Lethbridge Community College.


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