Margaret Avison

During her last years Margaret Avison wrote an autobiography, published posthumously under the title "I Am Here and Not Not-There." The self-portrait that emerges is very much that of a woman who knew who she was and where she was, and could affirm it without recourse to explaining who and where she wasn't. The title formulation came to Avison during a panel discussion at the Vancouver Poetry Conference in 1963. It remained an artistic credo for her, but on the evidence of the autobiography,...See more