Her first works, Green World (1945) and The Second Silence (1955), are series of lyrics that celebrate the natural world as an antidote to the fragmentation and ugliness of the modern city. She also concentrates on the city life of Montréal and on her experiences as a social worker in The Season's Lovers (1958), which concludes with a section of varied poems on love. In The Glass Trumpet (1966), her poetry shifts into a short, lightly punctuated line and simpler language, reflecting the rhythms of the speaking voice. The poems explore her Winnipeg and prairie childhood, while Say Yes (1969) broadens her subject matter to include Europe and the Mideast. The Price of Gold (1972), Mister Never (1978) and The Visitants (1981) reflect on love, aging and death, and the poet's literal and emotional travels, with clarity and precision.
Waddington has also written a volume of fiction, Summer at Lonely Beach and Other Stories (1982), a critical study of A.M. KLEIN (1970), and numerous essays and reviews; and edited John Sutherland: Essays, Controversies and Poems (1972), Klein's Collected Poems (1974) and Canadian Jewish Short Stories (1990). In Apartment Seven: Essays New and Selected (1989), she examines the nature of poetry as the supreme synthesis and amalgam of all the resources of language. In all her poems Waddington strove for a directness and simplicity of expression. The Last Landscape (1992) was her most recent collection of poems.
Author COLIN BOYD
Links to Other Sites
A brief biography and bibliography for Miriam Waddington. From the Canadian Women Poets website.
Biographical information about Miriam Waddington. From the Jewish Women's Archive.
The Last Landscape
A review of "The Last Landscape" by Canadian poet Miriam Waddington. From the website for the Manitoba Library Association.