Canadian Poetry Online top banner link to Canadian Poetry Online home page link to University of Toronto Libraries home page


Janis Rapoport : Comments by Writers and Critics


About Upon Her Fluent Route


Janis Rapoport's new book [UPON HER FLUENT ROUTE] is full of grace and surprise and sudden rightnesses. She is a poet of in-betweens: of mornings and evenings, comings and goings, birth and marriage and death; at home by the sea shore, on the borderline between land and water. There are wonderful characters here, and the redemptive humour of clowns and children, and places that you will never forget. There is also the honesty of a woman surrendering herself to fear and to hope — a careful witness with a clear voice, and the gift of song.
                     —Edward Chamberlin


[RE: UPON HER FLUENT ROUTE] The poetry of Janis Rapoport, with its dreamlike fantasy and mythic freeplay, with the rich and glittering artific of its imagery, is a welcome relief from the dull grey surface of much recent ironic verse. These are poems that might have been written in Yeats' Byzantium.
                     —Northrop Frye


About After Paradise


Janis Rapoport's new collection [AFTER PARADISE] shows her writing at the top of her form. She creates not just individual poems but an entire poetic world-view, using the tensions between life and death, sea and earth, love and loneliness. A special kind of fantasy weaves in and out of her all-too-real reality. Her voice is disiplined and precisely measured, yet gives vivid evidence of her wonderfully tactile imagination.
                     —Douglas Fetherling




Janis Rapoport's works copyright © to the author.


Canadian Poetry Online bottom banner link to University of Toronto Libraries home page link to Digital Collections home page link to University of Toronto Library catalogue link to Canadian Poetry Online home page link to University of Toronto Libraries home page