The glosa is an early Renaissance form, first developed by the poets of the Spanish court. In Hologram, celebrated poet P.K. Page offers us fourteen of these elegant, intricate poems, each a homage to another poet. It is a stunning volume, of great range, depth, and technical mastery: a tribute not only to the writers represented in its pages, but also to the unsung art of reading, to which all who love literature, writer and non-writer alike, are apprenticed. Above all, it is a tribute to life, and to the life of the planet which, more delicately than we had imagined, sustains us.
"Hologram is the sophisticated work of a seasoned poet whose mind soars, at times leaving the reader scrambling. But Page is and always has been more than a poet's poet, and in the end it's her reverence for ordinary things that makes poems like 'Planet Earth' sing, giving them universal appeal." -- Carol Bruneau, Quill & Quire
About the author
P. K. Page has written some of the best poems published in Canadaover the last five decades. In addition to winning the Governor General's awardfor poetry in 1957, she was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in1999. She is the author of more than a dozen books, including tenvolumes of poetry, a novel, selected short stories, three books for children,and a memoir, entitled Brazilian Journal, based on her extended stay in Brazilwith her late husband Arthur Irwin, who served as the Canadian Ambassador therefrom 1957 to 1959. A two-volume edition of Page's collected poems, The Hidden Room (Porcupine's Quill), was published in 1997. In addition to writing, Page paints, under the name P. K. Irwin. She has mounted one-woman showsin Mexico and Canada. Her work has also been exhibited in various group shows, andis represented in the permanent collections of the National Gallery ofCanada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Victoria Art Gallery, amongothers. P. K. Page was born in England and brought up on the Canadian prairies. She has livedin the Maritimes and in Montreal. After years abroad inAustralia, Brazil and Mexico, she now makes her permanent home in Victoria, British Columbia.
"She finds a way to speak through other poets and yet to be herself. This book is a delightful love poem to poetry itself.? “Cary Fagan, The Globe and Mail
"More than a new collection; it is a summation, and a jewel in the crown.??E. Russell Smith, Ottawa Citizen
"What she offers the reader is her own extraordinary presence and, obliquely, a comment on the mutuality of writing and reading — What I most want to say about P.K. Page's newest collection is, buy it.??Marlene Cookshaw, Books in Canada