The Collected Poems of Miriam Waddington:
A Critical Edition
Edited by: Ruth Panofsky
Miriam Waddington’s verse is deceptively accessible: it is personal but never private, emotional but not confessional, thoughtful but never cerebral. The subtlety of her craft is the hallmark of a modernist poet whose work opens to the world and its readers. Waddington details intoxicating romance and mature love, the pleasures of marriage and motherhood, the experience of raising two sons to adulthood, and the ineffable pain of divorce. As she moves through middle age, she writes of her ancestral past, the death of her ex-husband and loss of close friends, and later of growing old. Her poems of a Winnipeg childhood, modern urban life in Montreal and Toronto, visits to London, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow, of art and writing, probe irreconcilable differences of place and identity, politics and work.
Canadian Jewish Literary Award (for Yiddish Culture)
Canadian Jewish Studies Award (for Best Book in English or French), J. I. Segal Awards, Jewish Public Library
PROSE Award for Literature, Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division, Association of American Publishers
Finalist, Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature
Finalist, Eric Hoffer Award for Independent Books
These two beautifully published and scrupulously edited volumes represent the first time that all of Miriam Waddington’s verse has been collected in one edition … a major work of scholarship and retrieval.
Goldie Morgentaler, Canadian Jewish Studies