The Time of Icicles

The Time of Icicles

Author: Mary Dalton
Genre: Poetry
Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 2 in
Weight: 1 kg
Published: January 1, 1990
ISBN: 1-55081-039-1
EAN: 978-1-55081-039-4

A collection of lyric pieces, The Time of Icicles is anchored in the author’s experience of Newfoundland.

But these poems are of a continent, a century. An underlying preoccupation of the volume is with states of struggle – of people, cultures, vegetation, of language itself. Moving from moods of sly irony to haunting sadness, this music of dissolution in one sense sabotages its own cry, for it affirms, in its wide-ranging allusiveness and its suppleness of line, the joy of wordmusic. Out of the wreck of contemporary existence what can be salvaged? An undaunted looking, a saying, a singing. Singing becomes act.


“Ned Pratt would be pleased. If he were still alive, the great poet would welcome with open arms sister Newfoundlander Mary Dalton into the ranks of Canadian Bards. Dalton’s first book of poems, The Time of Icicles, is a fine debut.”

– George Elliott Clarke, The Daily News Sunday Magazine (Halifax)

“She is a real lyric poet and I for one would like to hear her sing again. This is a wonderful first volume of poems.”

– Alison Feder, The Sunday Telegram

“Dalton’s voice deserves to carry much farther soon.”

– Phil Hall, Books in Canada

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