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Swimming Alone Ottawa: Oberon Press, 1988. 96 pp. Poetry.

They warn you not to
dangerous they say
what if you get into trouble
what if

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New Moon, Old Mattress Ottawa: Oberon Press, 1990. 94 pp. Poetry

You and I have just finished
facing the emptiness, killing
the old year, the old life, leaving
the house that started us off.
New moon and old mattress.

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The New Pagans Ottawa: Oberon Press, 1991. 120 pp. Poetry.

Someone is singled out for celebration
like a saint the Church decides on
counting up miracles
good works in multituedes.

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The Book of Joan Ottawa: Oberon Press, 1994. 80 pp. Poetry

Joan begins dancing at the edge of the sea.
Soon she's half a mile over the waves
whirling in a tiny pavilion
to boom of surf and whistle of spray.

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The Incredible Shrinking Wife London, Ont: Black Moss Press, 1995. 160 pp. A post-feminist novel.

Katie arrived at Backwoodwaywardforwardawkwardarkwoodamnwoodnwood
Writers Retreat a day late.

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The Selected Poems of Patricia Keeney
Ottawa: Oberon Press, 1996. 152 pp. Introduction by Yevgeny Yevtushenko

I love you
because your eyes are blue-with distant water
your speech the nervy racket of urban streets.

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Engenderings Xian, China: Shaanxi University Press, 1998, 160 pp. A translation into Chinese of The Selected Poems of Patricia Keeney with an introduction by Prof. Hongyin Wang, translator of the volume. Patricia Keeney’s Chinese name was used for the publication – Bai Di (pronounced Bye Dee) .    
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Global Warnings Ottawa: Oberon Press, 1999. 134 pp. Poetry

There are thunderstorms in Paris
Eiffel Tower's a mist screen.
Winged things, giant flies
with blue and orange eyes
drown in heavy waters
of the Seine.

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Selected Poems of Patricia Keeney In Hindi. Jaipur: Vagdevi Press. 2000. 80 pp. Poetry.    
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Vocal Braiding (with Penn Kemp) London, Ont.: Pendas Productions, 2001. 48 pp. An experiment in poetry and theatre bringing together "a braided version" of several long poems by Keeney and Kemp. Performed in Jaipur, India and for Indian television, the work was later done in a number of theatrical and poetry venues in Canada. /Vocal Braiding /also exists as a CD.

How did you sleep?
Would youp please open the blind and close the window?
Let light replace the sound of morning traffic.

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Selected Poems of Patricia Keeney translated and published in Bulgarian under the title Swimming Alone . Sofia: Epsilon Press, 2002, 94 pp.    
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    Nager seule Bergerac: Les Amis de la Poesie Press, 2002, 60 pp. French translation by Michele Duclos of Swimming Alone.. Winner of the Prix Jean Paris for the Best Book of Poetry in French Translation for that year.
 
   


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Le livre de Jeanne Bergerac: Les Amis de la Poesie Press. 2007, 61 pp. French translation by Michele Duclos of “The Book of Joan” section of The Selected Poems of Patricia Keeney.    
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    Le livre de Patrick Bergerac. Les Amis de la Poesie. 2007, 33 pp. French translation buy Michele Duclos of the “Book of Patrick” section of The Selected Poems of Patricia Keeney.
 
   


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You Bring Me Wings Toronto: Antares Press, 2011. 278 pp. Poetry and intercultural conversations between Patricia Keeney and Mexican poet Ethel Krauze. The conversations cover such areas as the challenge of the female artist working and living on either side of the American border, approaches to writing poetry, surviving love and living life fully. Each section is illustrated with a number of poems, Ethel having rendered Pat's work into Spanish and Pat having rendered Ethel's work into Spanish.

The Conversation
Two women writers sit facing each other on opposite sides of a desk in the airy front room of an apartment in Mexico city.

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First Woman Toronto: Inanna Press. 2011. 96 pp. Poetry. Juxtaposed against a range of cultures, this new volume of poems is a series of personal and political journeys examining "the interior life".

I want to tell you
about the first woman

my first woman

because you should know
fable and fact.

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One Man Dancing (Inanna 2016). A political novel, a human novel, a theatrical novel, One Man Dancing is set in Idi Amin's Uganda and looks at the precarious and powerful role that art can play under a dictatorship. Based on true events, it follows the life of Charles Tumwesigye –an actor-dancer with the legendary Robert Serumaga's Abafumi theatre company – who survives the horrors of war only to find himself lost in Europe as a political refugee and then physically shattered in a Canadian tornado. One Man Dancing moves from bold experiments with tales of traditional Africa told through music, myth and dance to the darkest worlds of international politics, artistic risk and personal endurance.

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Orpheus In Our World (NeoPoiesis, 2016). Based on the oldest of Greek songs in verse – the so-called Orphic Hymns, written even before Sun and Moon became gods in the pantheon, this breakthrough volume is a conversation between ancient and modern worlds, between myth and contemporary reality. The poetry of the gods enters into an active dialogue with Male and Female in a unique mix that is at once poetry and theatre. Keeney's Orphics speak to the eternal connections between the grandeur of the cosmos and the intimacies of human psychology.


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    Pat's work has been anthologized in the following:
   
   
The Oberon Poetry Collection.
Toronto: Harper Collins. 1992.
   
   
Borderlines: Contemporary World Poetry in English.
Toronto: Crop Clark. 1995. Poetry anthology.
   
   
The Antares Anthology.
The Best of 2008. Toronto: Antares Press. 2009.
   
   
Other Channels.
Toronto: League of Canadian Poets 1974.
   
   
Landscape.
Toronto: Women’s Writing Collective. 1975.


   
   


   
    Pat is currently working on a variety of new  fiction and poetry.
The following are currently in manuscript or draft (titles, tentative):
   
   
Emptiness and Angels.
A feminist satire and biblical mystery re-imaging the life of the Virgin Mary.
   
   
A Flare for Dying.
A follow-up novel to Pat's earlier The Incredible Shrinking Wife, Flare follows protagonist Katie into a new life and whole new cast of outrageous and unforgettable characters.
   
   
The Women.
A series of interwoven short stories.

   
   
Most of Patricia Keeney’s “out of print” books can be purchased through www.AbeBooks.com. Her more current books are all available through the respective publisher's websites and Amazon.com or Amazon.ca.

   
         

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