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Sixty-Seven Ontological Studies

49 Poems and 18 Photographs

by (author) Jan Zwicky

by (photographer) Robert V. Moody

Freehand Books
Initial publish date
Oct 2022
Canadian, Canadian
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2022
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Sixty-Seven Ontological Studies is a double-stranded book of intense lyric reflections on the fundamental essences of things. The two modes of attention -- Jan Zwicky's words and Robert V. Moody's photographs -- are presented as fully co-equal. Neither one serves as an illustration of the other, yet there are many deep connections between the two. They are brought together here in a resonant conversation, steeped in the pregnant silence of the living world.

About the authors

Jan Zwicky is an accomplished poet, philosopher and musician whose intense and vivid lyricism imbues her poetry with music and passion. Born in Calgary, Alberta, Zwicky studied at the University of Calgary and the University of Toronto before undertaking an academic career teaching philosophy at a number of North American institutions. She is also a professional musician, with an active interest in baroque performance technique. Zwicky is a prolific essayist, as well as the author of a dozen books. Her works have won her the Governor General's Award (Songs For Relinquishing the Earth, 1998) and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize (Robinson's Crossing, 2004) as well as many other accolades and shortlist nominations. Zwicky lives on Quadra Island, British Columbia.

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Editorial Reviews

"The characters of both poems and photographs are distilled, singular, and exquisite." - Crispin Elsted

"And yes, they really are ontological studies: character sketches of reality itself: trenchant insights into what it means to be." - Franklin Cheng

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