"The Boatman" by Jay Macpherson

The world was first a private park
Until the angel, after dark,
Scattered afar to wests and easts
The lovers and the friendly beasts

This angel represents the giant and supernatural force all Creation lost
at the Fall. This force, like a cork in a bottle, stands between us and Para
dise in the sense that we must attain to it again before we can return to
Paradise. This significant angel and his companions are a great part of
the reason why The Boatman is such an exciting book. Of course, Genesis,
St. John, Milton, Blake and Rilke can't be wrong — the concept of the
angel is one of the most stunning things man ever stumbled across. To
have landed and handled this concept is a real achievement.
by James Reaney

Taken from the Canadian Literature Website HERE.