A Book of Glosas

by P.K. Page


Shortlisted for the 1994 Pat Lowther Award

The glosa is an early Renaissance form, first developed by the poets of the Spanish court. In Hologram celebrated poet P.K. Page offers us fourteen of these elegant, intricate poems, each a homage to another poet. It is a stunning volume, of great range, depth, and technical mastery: a tribute not only to the writers represented in its pages, but also to the unsung art of reading, to which all who love literature, writer and non-writer alike, are apprenticed. Above all, it is a tribute to life, and to the life of the planet which, more delicately than we had imagined, sustains us.

“Hologram is the sophisticated work of a seasoned poet whose mind soars, at times leaving the reader scrambling. But Page is and always has been more than a poet’s poet, and in the end it’s her reverence for ordinary things that makes poems like ‘Planet Earth’ sing, giving them universal appeal.” – Carol Bruneau, Quill & Quire

6th printing

DC Reid, a past President of the League of Canadian Poets, announces the PK Page Trust Fund – June 2011

At the League’s Conference in June 2010, PK and her work were remembered and honoured. Then President, DC Reid said:

“PK meant a great deal to me personally, for her connection across poetic generations and with English poetry, for her patrician ways and her bright, agile mind. Her book of glosas, Hologram, and her encouragement resulted in an outpouring of this Spanish form from Canadian poets, firmly establishing a new stream in Canadian formalist poetry.”

In 2000, PK was treated to a special honour when the United Nations chose her Glosa, Planet Earth, for its Dialogue Among Civilizations Through Poetry reading series. The poem — which was the one she professed wanting to be remembered for — was read at locations around the globe considered “international ground,” including the United Nations, Mount Everest and Antarctica. “Planet Earth” was first published in Hologram: A Book of Glosas.

 Sixth printing


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About the Author

P. K. Page has written some of the best poems published in Canada over the last five decades. In addition to winning the Governor General's award for poetry in 1957 she was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1999. She is the author of more than a dozen books, including ten volumes…

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Additional Info

  • ISBN: 0919626726
  • ISBN-13: 9780919626720
  • Pages: 72
  • Year: 1994
  • Dimensions 5.75 x 8.75 x 0.25 in
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  • Cover Art:

    'Votive Tablet' by P.K. Irwin

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