Gardens of the Wind. First Edition in dustjacket, Limited, Numbered and Signed by Nowlan

By: NOWLAN, Alden LANE, Patrick

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NOWLAN, Alden. The Gardens of the Wind. (Saskatoon) : Thistledown Press, (Fall 1982). First Edition. "The text was set in 10 point ITC Korinna by ApexDesign Graphics Ltd. (Saskatoon): printed on Teton Tiara Stock and bound b y Hignell Printing (Winnipeg)". Unpaginated. Pp (36) including one plate (portrait of Nowlan) by Patrick Lane (with tissue guard) and a tissue guard for the signed colophon page as well. 8vo, pale green cloth, brown letteringto front board, unlettered spine. Not in Laugher. Alden Nowlan is one of C anada's most beloved and enduring poets. Born in 1933 near Windsor, Nova Scotia, he published over fifteen books of poetry, along with several volumesof stories and legends. He was awarded the Governor General's Award for Po etry and two President's Medals from the University of Western Ontario for his fiction. From 1968 until his death in 1983 Alden Nowlan was the Writer in Residence at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. The Gardensof the Wind (Thistledown, 1982) was the last volume of Nowlan's poetry to be published in his lifetime. "The Gardens of the Wind is one of six poems for voices commissioned by Robert Weaver for the CBC radio program Anthology. Besides myself, the contributors to the series were Margaret Atwood, Phyllis Gottlieb, Tom Marshall, John Newlove and Al Purdy. First broadcast in February and March of 1970, the six poems were published by the CBC in Julyof that year in a 97-page book entitled, appropriately enough, Poems for V oices. As a writer who works in many genres, in part from choice and in part from economic necessity, since I'm a writer by trade as well as a writer by vocation, I have many times been commissioned to write in prose — everything from scripts for television variety shows and situation comedies through newspaper and magazine articles to a history of Campobello Island. This was the first and only time that I have been commissioned to write a poem. Frankly, it was a discomforting experience. In the first place, l am a sprinter whose longest poems seldom run to more than one typewritten page in length — and this time I was running the marathon. For another thing, it was an entirely new and disquieting experience for me to undertake writing a poem not simply as an adventure but as a job of work. The subject I chose wasthe RCAF Flying Training School — we called it simply "the Airport" — that was perhaps the central external fact of my childhood world and which has pervaded the borderlands of my imagination ever since. Ours was a rural settlemment, with a population of at most thirty families living along eight or ten miles of dirt road. In the house in which I lived while growing up wehad no central heating, no electtricity (which meant no refrigeration), no indoor plumbing and no telephone. My father never learned to drive a car. Although I was born in 1933, I never once talked on a telephone (or tasted a hamburger!) until I was nineteen. Then — it must have been in 1940 — theybegan to build the Airport, and soon the sky was filled with little yellow Biplanes called Fleets, and everywhere we looked there were airmen, hundre ds of them, in wedge caps and blue uniforms. In the depths of my imagination, the hangar at the Airport is still the largest building in the world (just as I still use the sixty-foot-high smokestack at our local sawmill as a unit of length; when I read of a structure being three hundred feet high, Ican't help but think of it — even if it is a castle tower in France — as b eing five times as high as the smokestack on the Ketepasa Creek, N.S., sawmill of my childhood)." - from Nowlan's Introduction. The Gardens of the Wind was printed in a limited edition of 150 copies hardcover, which were signed by the author. The first 26 copies were lettered A-Z and specially bound. The remaining 124 copies were numbered. The book was illustrated by Governor General's Award winner Patrick Lane. Very good in dustjacket. Number 149 of 150, signed by Alden Nowlan. Lovely book. 300.00

Title: Gardens of the Wind. First Edition in dustjacket, Limited, Numbered and Signed by Nowlan

Author Name: NOWLAN, Alden LANE, Patrick

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Publisher: Thistledown Press, Saskatoon, 1982, ISBN:092006664X:

Seller ID: 115394