Allowing the Light

Author: Mary Dalton
Dimensions: 12 × 8 × 2 in
Weight: 1 kg
Published: January 4, 1994
ISBN: 1-55081-073-1
EAN: 978-1-55081-073-8

The word allow has roots in the Latin verb laudare, to praise. These poems seek to allow the music of that which is muted in a world of bellowing. In Section I, light plays on the veined ways of vegetation, of poetry, of eros. Section II illuminates states of alienation and longing. The fierce light of Swift burns in Section IV; these poems lament Newfoundland’s losses and celebrate its landscape, language, and culture.


“Like Yeats, Dalton strives to create myth, using folklore to sing the distinct society that is Newfoundland.”

– George Elliott Clarke, The Daily News Sunday Magazine.

“Dalton’s poetry is rooted in the immediate landscape of her surroundings as well as in the archetypal patterns of a rich collective unconscious. Sharp imagery of the land, the city, the external realities of her Newfoundland heritage intermingle easily with the symbols and the metaphors of culture and the human condition to form exquisite, often melodious and almost song-like (even chant-like) poems.”

– Peter Baltensperger, Canadian Book Review Annual

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