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 authorâ€™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 Livesayâ€™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.