The Artemesia Book – eBook
Poems Selected and New
Granddaughters, asters, Medea cakes, para pom tandle, Mrs. Roker raking, Caraquet, angelic recurrence, Neruda, zupzupzup, the high bush cranberries, the Somme, a waterfall in Iceland that cries by the thousandsful, the Strawberry Shaman and the Japonica Bushelful Bountiful Lady: you would never mistake a Colleen Thibaudeau wordscape for any other. Her poems might have been written just after the imagination was invented. So lithe and playful, so naturally leaping even in elegy, they would seem like fabulous accidents if Colleen hadn’t been making them, with no loss of freshness, for over forty years. There is a lifetime of poems in this book.
- Human Acts
Joanne Tomkins, Canadian Literature No. 134, Autumn 1992
- The Artemesia Book: Poems Selected and New By Colleen Thibaudeau
Kathryn Rogers, The Windsor Star, Saturday, August 10, 1991
- Inwhich I Put On My Mother’s Old Thé Dansant Dress – How Poems Work
Molly Peacock, Globe and Mail – March 13, 2001
- Moonlight & Wormwood
Elizabeth Brewster, The Fiddlehead (fall 1992)
- The Artemesia Book: Poems Selected and New by Colleen Thibaudeau
Pat Bolger, Canadian Materials (October 1991)
About the Author
Poet Colleen Thibaudeau was born in Toronto on December 29, 1925, and grew up in St. Thomas, Ontario and also in Grey County. Married to fellow poet James Reaney in 1951, she died in London, Ontario on February 6, 2012. Colleen Thibaudeau: A Biographical Sketch by Jean McKay from Brick, Issue 5, Winter 1979, pages 6-11.