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Time of Icicles

Time of Icicles

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A collection of lyric pieces, The Time of Icicles is anchored in the author's experience of Newfoundland, but these poems are of a continent, a century. An underlying preoccupation of the volume is with states of struggle-of people, cultures, vegetation, of language itself. Moving from moods of sly irony to haunting sadness, this music of dissolution in one sense sabotages its own cry, for it affirms, in its wide-ranging allusiveness and its suppleness of line, the joy of wordmusic. Out of the wreck of contemporary existence what can be salvaged? An undaunted looking, a saying, a singing. Singing become act.

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Mary Dalton was born in Lake View, in the parish of Harbour Main, in Conception Bay. She has studied at the University of Toronto, Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Liverpool. She now lives in St. John's and teaches in the Department of English at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She was editor and co-publisher of the Newfoundland literary magazine TickleAce from 1980-1986. Her first volume of poems, The Time of Icicles, was published by Breakwater in 1989.

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