Dorothy Livesay was a winner of two Governor General's Awards and the Queen's Medal, an Officer of the Order of Canada, the founder, and for many years editor, of the literary quarterly CVII, and a founding member of Amnesty International, the Committee for an Independent Canada and the League of Canadian Poets.
The Self-Completing Tree
The Self-Completing Tree is the author’s own collection of the best of her last 50 years of writing. In this new edition, the celebrated Grand Dame of English Canadian letters and award-winning poet uses the metaphor implied by the title a tree, half verdant, half in flames to symbolize the androgynous self. This is the theme of much of Livesay’s work and a central metaphor for the most definitive collection of her poetry. The result is a spiritual autobiography charting the fascinating domains of her own life and the universal struggles we all share.