Clarity Between Clouds: Poems of Midlife

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For Susan Ioannou, poetry is a highly personal act which surfaces from everyday existence. In Clarity Between Clouds, her disarmingly intimate voice strikes piercingly close to the harsh realities of existence, to reveal startling insights and sly bits of aphoristic wisdom. An ordinary act of cookery can transport her "far off to hanging gardens, swollen bees / frankincense and ancient stones," and the morning embrace of a favourite pet can teach her to "learn from him / how to purr / not snuggle under regrets." But Ioannou's world is by no means narrowly composed. Rather, the poems in this collection expand beyond the everyday to include a dialogue with a Mannerist painting and a sun-struck idyll in a Florentine piazza, unveiling the commonality of emotions even in the most exotic locations.

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For over thirty years, Susan Ioannou has been involved with writing. Her other recent books are the poetry collection Where the Light Waits (Ekstasis Editions, 1996), the children's novel A Real Farm Girl (Hodgepog Books, 1998), and the nonfiction study A Magical Clockwork: The Art of Writing the Poem (Wordwrights Canada, 2000). Poet, essayist, fiction author, literary editor, and teacher, as well she has performed her work on radio and television, and at the internationally famous Harbourfront. For further background and excerpts, visit the University of Toronto Canadian Poets Web site at library.utoronto.ca/canpoetry/ioannou/index.htm

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The Little Dancers

Across the yellowed lawn,
rustling leaf points to a blur,
hems diaphanous as dreams
sweep aside old watchful trees.
Hair whirls, uncurls October's thinning light.
Elbows spin off gravity.
From billowing sleeves
pink, white
wings explode.

--Motion
sings.

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