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Where the Light Waits

Ioannou, Susan

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ISBN 10: 0921215967 / ISBN 13: 9780921215967
Published by Ekstasis ed, 1995
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Title: Where the Light Waits

Publisher: Ekstasis ed

Publication Date: 1995

Book Condition:Very Good

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In Where the Light Waits, Susan Ioannou pulls together light and shadows, stray thoughts and unravelled feelings, past and future, and listens for the silences resonating between, for that hint of asymmetrical order. Her poems begin with a series of meditations on what makes a life civilized, then range through the dark side of wars in Iraq, the Balkans, and Rwanda. The second half of the book explores either end of the human span, from the thoughtfulness and coming to terms that ageing inspires, to a celebration of perpetual renewal in poems about the young. Throughout, she grapples with large issues: What gives life meaning? How does the spirit survive evil? Can permanence and flux be reconciled? As accurate to violets and a cedar fence post as to oil spills, steel beams, and the raw edge of pain, ultimately her writing is optimistic, reaching through the personal "I" toward a compassionate universality.

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Susan Ioannou's fiction, articles, and poetry have appeared across Canada. She is the winner of an Okanagan Short Story Award, twice a finalist in the CBC Literary Awards, and the recipient of a Works in Progress and Writers' Reserve grants from the Ontario Arts Council. Some of her poems have been translated into Hindi and Dutch, and others set to music for performance in both Canada and Norway. For many years she was Associate Editor of Cross-Canada Writers' Quarterly/Magazine and also led writing workshops for the Toronto Board of Education, Ryerson Literary Society, and the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. Currently, she directs the online poetry course Lessons in Writing the Poem. She is a longstanding member of the League of Canadian Poets and the Writers' Union of Canada. Her website is 

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