Jan Zwicky

Jan Zwicky is a musician, philosopher and award-winning poet. In 1999, she won the Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry for Songs for Relinquishing the Earth. Her Thirty-seven Small Songs & Thirteen Silences was also nominated for the Pat Lowther Award and the Dorothy Livesay Prize in 2006.

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Wisdom & Metaphor
Jan Zwicky

2008 / Philosophy / $41.95
9781554470549 / Hardcover / 320 pp

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A hardcover new-edition reprint of Zwicky’s GG-nominated book on the importance of metaphor to understanding.

In the foreword to Wisdom & Metaphor, Jan Zwicky describes how “those who think metaphorically are enabled to think truly, because the shape of their thinking echoes the shape of the world.” Wisdom & Metaphor is a different kind of book, one that proceeds not by single pages but by ‘openings’. On the left-hand side are Zwicky’s own thoughts, which build throughout the course of the book, introducing the range of cultures and concepts that contribute to her thinking. On the right-hand side are selections from the work of fellow thinkers—poets, philosophers, mathematicians and essayists. Along the path of connections that features language, haiku, ontology, home, math, duende, time and music (to name but a few), Zwicky manages to clarify without simplifying, and to involve a broad range of voices without collapsing them into her own. The author’s roving influences, coupled with an understated, largely spatial, style of discourse, make this book truly thought provoking. As fellow poet and reviewer Anne Simpson says, “there is no doubt that what Zwicky has given us is a book of wisdom.”
Replaces a previous edition: 9781554470549

Other Books by this Author

Lyric Philosophy
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2011 / Philosophy / $74.95 CAN
9781554470884 / Hardcover / 896 pp
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2011 / Poetry / $19.95 CAN
9781554470976 / Trade paper / 80 pp
Plato as Artist
Jan Zwicky

2009 / Philosophy / $25.95 CAN
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A Ragged Pen: Essays on Poetry & Memory
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2006 / Essays / $22.95 CAN
9781554470303 / Trade paper / 96 pp
Thirty-seven Small Songs & Thirteen Silences
Jan Zwicky

2005 / Poetry / $49.95 CAN
9781554470006 / Fine / 80 pp
Thirty-seven Small Songs & Thirteen Silences
Jan Zwicky

2005 / Poetry / $18.95 CAN
9781554470013 / Trade paper / 80 pp
Wisdom & Metaphor
Jan Zwicky

2003 / Philosophy / $69.95 CAN
9781894031813 / Fine / 288 pp
Wisdom & Metaphor
Jan Zwicky

2003 / Philosophy / $31.95 CAN
9781894031783 / Trade paper / 288 pp

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