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P k page

P. K. Page

By Jumi Heo

About p k patricia kathleen page
About P. K. (Patricia Kathleen) Page

  • P. K. Page was born on November 23, 1916

  • She was lived in Victoria, British Columbia with her diplomat-husband, Arthur Irwin

  • She was the author of the books of poetry (As Ten as Twenty), fiction (The Sun and the Moon), and non-fiction

  • She had won the Governor General’s Award for poetry of The Metal and the Flower (1954)

  • She was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1999

  • Because there were lots of wars happened while she was alive, most of her poems are gloomy and depressed


  • P. K. Page attended schools in Winnipeg, Calgary and England

  • She studied Art under Frank Schaeffer in Brazil and Charles Seliger in New York

  • She also attended the Art Students’ League and Pratt Graphics in New York

  • P. K. Page once worked as a clerk and radio actress in Saint John, N.B.

  • In Montreal, she was a filling clerk and historical researcher

  • P. K. Page was died on January 14, 2010

Single traveller by p k page

What is this love that is my life’s companion?

Shape-changer, sometimes faceless, this companion.

Single traveller, I wander a wasting world

awaiting the much anticipated Companion.

A trillium covered wood one April day

served as a nearly consummate companion.

A horse, two dogs, some cats, a blue macaw

each in its turn became a loyal companion.

Behind the loved embrace, a face of light-

demon or angel-lures me from my companion.

The street of love is neither wide nor narrow.

Its width depends on me and my companion.

Am I too bound and blinded by coarse wrappings

ever to know true love as my companion?

O Poet, squanderer of time and talents

why do you search for love as your Companion?

Single Traveller by P. K. Page

This heavy craft by p k page
This Heavy Craft by P. K. Page

The wax has melted

but the dream of flight


I, Icarus, though grounded

in my flesh

have one bright section in me

where a bird

night after starry night

while I’m asleep

unfolds its phantom wings

and practices.

After rain by p k page

Its stain is everywhere.

The sharpening air

of late afternoon

is now the colour of tea.

Once-glycerined green leaves

burned by a summer sun

are brittle and ochre.

Night enters day like a thief.

And children fear that the beautiful daylight has gone.

It is the best and the worst time.

Around a fire, everyone laughing,

brocaded curtains drawn,

nowhere-anywhere-is more safe than here.

The whole world is a cup

one could hold in one’s hand like a stone

warmed by that same summer sun.

But the dead or the near dead

are now all knucklebone.

Nothing to do. Nothing to really do.

Toast and tea are nothing.

Kettle boils dry.

Shut the night out or let it in,

it is a cat on the wrong side of the door

whichever side it is on. A black thing

with its implacable face.

To avoid it you

will tell yourself you are something,

Even though there is bounty, a full harvest

that sharp sweetness in the tea-stained air

is reserved for those who have made a straw

fine as a hair to suck it through-

fine as a golden hair.

Wearing a smile or a frown

God’s face is always there.

It is up to you

if you take your wintry restlessness into the town

After Rain by P. K. Page

Adolescence by p k page

In love they wore themselves in a green embrace.

A silken rain fell through the spring upon them.

In the park she fed the swans and he

whittled nervously with his strange hands.

And white was mixed with all their colours

as if they drew it from the flowering trees.

At night his two finger whistle brought her down

the waterfall stairs to his shy smile

which like an eddy, turned her round and round

lazily and slowly so her will

was nowhere-as in dreams things are and aren’t.

Walking along avenues in the dark

street lamps sang like sopranos in their heads

with a voilence they never understood

and all their movements when they were together

had no conclusion.

Only leaning into the question had they motion;

after they parted were savage and swift as gulls.

Asking and asking the hostile emptiness

they were as sharp as partly sculptured stone

and all who watched, forgetting, were amazed

To see them form and fade before their eyes.

Adolescence by P. K. Page


  • P. K. Page’s poem, Adolescence is implied both maturity in humans and the periods of development of teenagers

  • Its poetic devices are mostly used by personification, symbolism, alliteration, and internal rhyme

  • For instance:

  • “And white was mixed with all their colours as if they drew it from the flowering trees.”

  • “...turned her round and roundlazily and slowly so her will...”

  • “...they were as sharp as partly sculptured stone and all...”

  • All of these poetic terms are emphasized the poem’s theme; and the theme can be its title itself-Adolescence, or maturity


  • The poem is basically about the relationship between a man and woman who love each other but their romantic love can be broken-up as well

  • However, besides feeling frustration or disappointment of failure, experiencing the relationship bring the realization of their interaction later on, which impressed them to behave more mature in the future and for the next possible relationship

Thought provoking questions
Thought-provoking Questions

  • By reading the poem, Adolescence, which line is the most impressive or makes sense to you?

  • As the poem depicted, have you learned anything through the relationship with your boyfriend/girlfriend?

  • Do you think P. K. Page is succeeded with her poem, Adolescence, to describe what she really meant?

Planet earth by p k page
Planet Earth by P. K. Page


Planet Earth has been selected to be part of a United Nations program to foster dialogue among nations, involving readings in countries around the world and possibly from Alpha, the new international space station


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  • http://www.pkpage.ca/index.html

  • http://www.library.utoronto.ca/canpoetry/page/poems.htm

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  • http://www.ecospherics.net/pages/PagePlanetEarth.html

  • http://www.bookrags.com/essay-2004/9/25/195959/088