WORKS

POETRY

Four Swans in Fulford Harbour. Salt Spring Island, BC: (m)Other Tongue Press, 1999.

Grape Vine. Vancouver: Slug Press, 1992.

Hanging Fire. Toronto: Coach House Press, 1990.

Nine Poets Printed = 9 Poets Printed. Toronto: Imprimerie dromadaire, 1986-1988.

Pepper Tree: For Breyten Breytenbach. Toronto: Imprimerie dromadaire, 1986.

Eschatology of Spring. Salt Spring Island, BC: Salt Spring Island Voice of Women, 1984.

Water and Light: Ghazals and Anti- Ghazals: Poems. Toronto: Coach House Press, 1984.

Prison Report. Vancouver: Slug Press, 1982.

Sunday Water: Thirteen Anti-Ghazals. Lantzville, BC: Island Writing Series, 1982.

Talking. Dunvegan, ON.: Quadrant Editions, 1982.

Selected Broadsides. Charlotte Town, PEI.: Island Magazine, 1981-1982.

The Bowl. Lantzville, BC: Island Magazine, 1981.

Wilson’s Bowl. Toronto: Coach House Press, 1980.

Broadside Poems. Vancouver, British Columbia: Slug Press, 1979-1982.

For Fyodor. Toronto: M. Ondaatje, 1973.

Naked Poems. Vancouver: Periwinkle Press, 1965.

The Sea is Also a Garden: Poems. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1962.

In a Garden of the Pitti Palace; A Pang Cantata: 2 New Poems. Vancouver: Pica Press, 1961.

Even Your Right Eye. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1956.

Trio: First Poems by Gael Turnbull, Phyllis Webb, and Eli Mandel. Toronto: Contact Press, 1954.

EDITED COLLECTIONS

Hulcoop, John, ed. Selected Poems, 1954-1965. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1971.

Thesen, Sharon, ed. Selected Poems: the Vision Tree. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1982.

Butling, Pauline, ed. Seeing in the Dark: the Poetry of Phyllis Webb. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1997.

SOUND/ VIDEO RECORDINGS

Alex [sound]. Toronto: CBC Pub., 1966.

Canadian Poets I [sound]. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 1966.

Phyllis Webb: The Question as an Instrument of Torture. [sound] Toronto: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 1971.

Phyllis Webb: Poetry and Psychobiography. [sound] 1993.

Fall Equinox Reading at the Literary Storefront. Tape #4, Mona Fertig, Phyllis Webb, David Frith, Robert Tyhurst & Lakshmi Gill. [sound] Vancouver: s.n., 1981.

Phyllis Webb. [video] Burnaby, BC: SFU Art Gallery, 1981.

OTHER WORKS

Nothing but Brush Strokes: Selected Prose. Edmonton, AL: NeWest, 1995.

The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology: A Selection of the 2004 Shortlist. Phyllis Webb, Ed. Toronto: House of Anansi Press, 2004.

“Radio Talks: From the Phyllis Webb Papers, National Library.” West Coast Line 25.3 (1991): 95-102.

 

CRITICISM

Barbour, Douglas. “Late Work at the Kitchen Table: Phyllis Webb's Water And Light.” West Coast Line 25.3 (1991): 103-117.

Barbour, Douglas. “Lyric/Anti-Lyric: Some Notes About a Concept.” West Coast Review 3 (1982): 44-63.

Barbour, Douglas. Rev. of Water And Light: Ghazals And Anti Ghazals, by Phyllis Webb. Journal of
Canadian Poetry
1 (1986): 52-56.

“BC Poet Honoured [BC Gas Lifetime Achievement Award].” Canadian Bookseller 21.5 (1999): 55.

Butling, Pauline. “Paradox and Play in the Poetry of Phyllis Webb.” A Mazing Space: Writing Canadian Women Writing. Ed. Shirley Neuman and Smaro Kamboureli. Edmonton: Longspoon/NeWest, 1986. 191-204.

Butling, Pauline. “Phyllis Webb as a Post-Duncan Poet.” Sagetrieb: A Journal Devoted to Poets in the Imagist/Objectivist Tradition 7.1 (1988): 57-78.

Butling, Pauline. “Preface.” ‘You Devise. We Devise. A Festschrift for Phyllis Webb. West Coast Line 25.3 (1991).

Butling, Pauline. Seeing in the Dark: The Poetry of Phyllis Webb. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 1996.

Butling, Pauline. “‘You Devise. We Devise. A Festschrift for Phyllis Webb.” Canadian Literature 138/139 (1993):130-131.

Butling, Pauline, ed. ‘You Devise. We Devise. A Festschrift for Phyllis Webb. West Coast Line 25.3 (1991).

Carr, Brenda. “Genre Theory and the Impasse of Lyric? Reframing the Questions in Phyllis Webb's Lyric
Sequences.” West Coast Line 25.3 (1991): 67-79.

Cash, Gwen. “Portrait of a Poet: Victoria's Phyllis Webb.” B.C. Magazine 6 April 1957: 17.

Cogswell, Fred. “Good But Not Great.” Rev. of The Sea is Also a Garden, by Phyllis Webb. The Fiddlehead 55 (1963): 68.

Cookshaw, Marlene. Rev. of Hanging Fire, by Phyllis Webb. Malahat Review 95 (1991): 127-128.

Davey, Frank. “Phyllis Webb.” From There to Here: A Guide to English Canadian Literature Since 1960. Erin, ON: Porcepic, 1974. 261-65.

Davey, Frank. “The Struggle for Phyllis Webb.” Canadian Literary Power. The Writer as Critic IV. Gen. ed. Smaro Kamboureli. Edmonton: NeWest P, 1994. 197-244.

Dorscht, Susan R. “Poems Dressed in a Dress and Naked: Sweet Lines from Phyllis.” West Coast Line 25.3 (1991): 54-63.

Fagan, Cary. “The Articulate Anger of Phyllis Webb.” Books In Canada 20.1 (1991): 21-23.

Findley, Timothy. “Friends, Romans, Phyllis Webb: Lend Me Your Ears.” West Coast Line 25.3 (1991/1992):
151-152.

Frey, Cecelia. “The Left Hand of Webb.” Prairie Fire: A Celebration of Writing by Canadian Women 7 (1986): 37-48.

Frey, Cecelia. “Phyllis Webb: An Annotated Bibliography.” The Annotated Bibliography of Canada's Major Authors. Eds. Robert Lecker and Jack David. Vol.6. Toronto: ECW, 1985. 489-98.

Garebian, Keith. “Where Are These Voices Coming From?” Books In Canada 27.5 (1998): 16-18.

Glickman, Susan. “ 'Proceeding Before the Amorous Invisible': Phyllis Webb and the Ghazal.” Canadian Literature 115 (1987): 48-61.

Hatch, Ronald B. Rev. of Hanging Fire, by Phyllis Webb. University of Toronto Quarterly 61.1 (1991): 60-61.

Helwig, Maggie. Rev. of Hanging Fire, by Phyllis Webb. Books In Canada 19.7 (1990): 37-38.

Hulcoop, John. “ ‘Birdsong in the Apparatus’: Webb’s New Selected Poems.” Essays on Canadian Writing
30 (1984-85): 359-70.

Hulcoop, John. “Introduction.” Selected Poems 1954-1965. Ed. John Hulcoop. Vancouver:
Talonbooks, 1971.

Hulcoop, John. “Phyllis Webb and the Priestess of Motion.” Canadian Literature 32 (1967): 29-39.

Hulcoop, John. Rev. of Hanging Fire, by PhyllisWebb. Canadian Literature 133 (1992): 166-168.

Hulcoop, John. “Webb's Book of Revelation: Lifting the Lid Off Krakatoa and Spiritual Storm?”
Inside the Poem: Essays and Poems in Honour of Donald M. Stephens. Ed. W. H. New. Toronto:
Oxford UP, 1992. 230-45.

Hulcoop, John. “Webb’s ‘Water and Light’.” Canadian Literature 109 (1986): 151-159.

Kamboureli, Smaro. “The Poetics of Failure in Wilson's Bowl.” Island 10 (1981): 84-88.

Kamboureli, Smaro. “Seeking Shape, Seeking Meaning: An interview with Phyllis Webb.” West Coast Line 25.3 (1991): 21-41.

Keith, W.J. “Struggles with Silence.” Rev. of Wilson's Bowl, by Phyllis Webb. Canadian Literature 91 (1981): 99-102.

Keith, W.J. Rev. of Seeing in the Dark: The Poetry of Phyllis Webb, ed. Pauline Butling. Canadian Poetry 43 (1998): 132-143.

Knight, Lorna. “Oh for the Carp of a Critic: Research in the Phyllis Webb Papers. West Coast Line 26.2
(1992): 120-127.

Knight, Lorna. “With All Best Wishes, High Hopes and Thanks: Phyllis Webb, Canadian Poetry and Publishing in the Early 1950s.” West Coast Line 25.3 (1991): 43-53.

Knutson, Susan. “Chiasmus, Chasm, Chi: Phyllis Webb's Semantic Geometry.” West Coast Line 25.3
(1991): 118-121.

Lamont-Stewart, Linda. Rev. of Seeing in the Dark: The Poetry of Phyllis Webb, ed. Pauline Butling.
University of Toronto Quarterly 68.1 (1998/1999): 570-571.

Macfarlane, Julian. Rev. of Selected Poems, by Phyllis Webb. The Capilano Review 1 (1972): 53-58.

Mandel, Ann. “The Poetry of Last Things.” Rev. of Wilson's Bowl, by Phyllis Webb. Essays on Canadian Writing 26 (1983): 85-91.

Mallinson, Jean. “Ideology and Poetry: An Examination of Some Recent Trends in Canadian Criticism.” Studies in Canadian Literature 3.1 (1978): 93-109.

Marlatt, Daphne. “The Proper Response to a Poem is Another Poem.” West Coast Line 25.3 (1991):42.

Mays, John Bentley. “Phyllis Webb (for Bob Wallace).” Open Letter 2.6 (1973): 8-33.

Munton, Ann. “Excerpt from an Interview with Phyllis Webb.” West Coast Line 25.3 (1991): 81-85.

Pacey, Desmond. “A Group of Seven.” Queen's Quarterly 63 (1956): 436-443.

“Phyllis Webb and Daphne Marlatt: a Selected Correspondence.” West Coast Line 25.3 (1991): 89-94.

“Phyllis Webb Clears the Air: No Longer a CanLit Goddess of Gloom.” Globe and Mail 11 May 1983: 19.

“Phyllis Webb wins BC Gas Lifetime Achievement Award for literary and artistic creators.” British Columbia Report 10.15 (1999): 51.

“Poems Born out of Silence for Phyllis Webb.” Vancouver Sun 25 March 1983: L28.

“Poetry and Psychobiography.” Brick: A Literary Journal 46 (1993): 4-12.

Potvin, Liza. “Phyllis Webb: The Voice That Breaks.” Canadian Poetry 32 (1993): 37-64.

Potvin, Liza. Rev. of Hanging Fire, by PhyllisWebb. Event 21.2 (1992): 120-122.

Pyrcz, Heather, Margaret Atwood, George Bowering, Gary Geddes, Erin Moure, Sharon Thesen, Roy Kiyooka, Timothy Finley. “For Phyllis.” West Coast Line 25.3 (1991):141-152.

“Radio Talks: From the Phyllis Webb Papers.” West Coast Line 25.3 (1991/1992): 95-102.

Relke, Diana M. “Feminist Ecoccritique as Forensic Archaeology: Digging in Critical Graveyards and Phyllis Webb’s Gardens.” Greenwor(l)ds: Ecocritical Readings of Canadian Women's Poetry. Calgary:
University of Calgary Press, 1999. 205-34.

Relke, Diana M. “Feminist Ecoccritique as Forensic Archaeology: Digging in Critical Graveyards and Phyllis Webb’s Gardens.” Canadian Poetry 42 (1998): 66-99.

Ricou, Laurie. “Phyllis Webb, Daphne Marlatt and Simultitude: Journal Entries from a Capitalist
Bourgeois Patriarchal Anglo-Saxon Mainstream Critic.” A Mazing Space: Writing Canadian Women Writing. Ed. Shirley Neuman and Smaro Kamboureli. Edmonton: Longspoon/NeWest, 1986. 205-15.

Rosenthal, Helene. “The Luminous Web.” Rev of Selected Poems, by Phyllis Webb. The Ubyssey 14 Sept. 1971: 7-8.

Scobie, Stephen. “Breaking: Extracts from The Kiel Diary.” West Coast Line 25.3 (1991): 125-138.

Scobie, Stephen. “I and I: Phyllis Webb’s ‘I Daniel’.” Open Letter 2/3 (1985): 61-68.

Scheier, Libby. “Kicking the Dogma Under the Table: Some Thoughts on Phyllis Webb.” West Coast Line 25.3 (1991): 122-124.

Sejur, Leila. “Addressing a Presence: An Interview with Phyllis Webb.” Prairie Fire 9.1 (1988): 30-43.

“She's calling it quits, but still ‘hatching’ poems.” (Profile of Phyllis Webb) Globe and Mail [Metro Edition] 18 Feb 1989: C14.

Skarstedt, Sonja A. Rev. of Hanging Fire, by Phyllis Webb. Zymergy 5.1 (1991): 35-49.

Sonthoff, Helen W. “Structures of Loss: The Poetry of Phyllis Webb.” Canadian Literature 9 (1961): 15-22.

Stainsby, M. “Interview with Phyllis Webb.” British Columbia Library Quarterly 36 (1972): 5-8.

Story, Norah. “Webb, Phyllis.” The Oxford Companion to Canadian History and Literature. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1967. 825.

Thesen, Sharon. “Introduction.” The Vision Tree. Ed. Sharon Thesen. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1982.

Thompson, Lee B. Rev. of Seeing in the Dark: The Poetry of Phyllis Webb, ed. Pauline Butling. Journal ofCanadian Poetry 14 (1997): 153-157.

Thurston, John. Rev. of Phyllis Webb & Her Works, by John F. Hulcoop. Journal of Canadian Poetry 7 (1992): 177-187.

Tostevin, Lola Lemire. “They’ll Say it’s Stolen, or Else it as By Chance.” West Coast Line 25.3 (1991): 64-66.

Urquhart, Jane. Rev. of Hanging Fire, by Phyllis Webb. Journal of Canadian Poetry 7 (1992): 170-171.

Van Herk, Aritha. “And Silence is Also a Nakedness: An Inter-text to Naked Poems.” West Coast Line 25.3 (1991): 175-184.

Wachtel, Eleanor. “Intimations of Mortality.” Books in Canada 12 (1983): 8-15.

Wah, Fred. “From Music at the Heart of Thinking.” West Coast Line 25.3 (1991): 185-187.

Wallace, Terri. Rev. of Hanging Fire, by Phyllis Webb. Zymergy 5.1 (1991): 143-144.

“Webb Shatters a Poetic Silence.” Montreal Gazette, April 16, 1983: I1.

Williamson, Janice. “Read the Poems, Read the Poems. All right?” Sounding Differences: Conversations with Seventeen Canadian Women Writers. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993. 321-339.

Williamson, Janice. “You May Read My Signs but I Cross My Path and Show you Nothing on your Way: The Feminine Suicide Narratives of Phyllis Webb.” West Coast Line 25.3 (1991): 155-174.

Woodcock, George. “In the Beginning was the Question: The Poems of Phyllis Webb.” Queen’s Quarterly 93.3 (1986): 527-545.

York, Lorraine M. “Home Thoughts or Abroad? A Rhetoric of Place in Modern and Postmodern Canadian Political Poetry.” Essays on Canadian Writing 51/52 (1993): 321-339.

DISSERTATIONS

Archer, Anne. “‘Double Talk’: The Contemporary Canadian Long Poem, Phyllis Webb and D.G. Jones.” Dissertation. Queen's University, 1986.

Potvin, Elizabeth. “Aspects of the Spiritual in Three Canadian Women Poets: Anne Wilkinson, Gwendolyn MacEwen, and Phyllis Webb.” Dissertation. McMaster University, 1992.

 

AWARDS

1982: $2,300 awarded to Webb from fellow Canadian poets in recognition of Wilson's Bowl, which many felt was deserving of a Governor General's Award nomination; the letter accompanying the prize money stated that “this gesture is a response to your whole body of work as well as to your presence as a touchstone of true good writing in Canada, which we all know is beyond awards and prizes.”

1983: Governor General's Award for The Vision Tree: Selected Poems

1992: made an Officer of the Order of Canada

 

BIOGRAPHY
Phyllis Webb was born in Victoria, British Columbia in 1927. She attended both the University of British Columbia and McGill University. She has published nine collections of poetry, and in 1982, she won the Governor General's Award for Vision Tree. She has worked as a writer and broadcaster for the CBC, where she created the CBC Radio Program Ideas in the mid-sixties. She has taught creative writing at the University of Victoria, the University of British Columbia and the Banff Centre, and served as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta from 1980-81. Webb now lives on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. She is a Life Member of the League of Canadian Poets.

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