Vallum Chapbook Series No. 21


Biographical Note:

Jan Zwicky is a poet, philosopher, and musician. Winner of the Governor General's Award and other prizes, she has published more than a dozen books of poetry and prose including, most recently, The Long Walk and Alkibiades' Love. Raised in west central Alberta, she now lives on Quadra Island, off the coast of British Columbia.




Jan Zwicky

Excerpt from her chapbook
String Practice

String Quartet

What was it that you heard
half a century ago, transfixed there
at the top of the stairs, the evening
pink above the suburban rooftops, the radio
left playing by the homework
on your desk? How did you know,
you who knew nothing
of Europe, or deafness, or love,
that someone finally was telling the truth?



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