The title of the collection refers to its central cycle of poems, which concerns a pair of Siamese twins as a metaphor for Canada.The twins dream of separation, and speak sometimes singly, sometimes together within the poems. The tension of their desire for separation and their inescapable connection evokes the French-English tensions in Canada and Quebec separatism. These tensions are also evoked in the image of two deaf singers, an image which implies that that neither English-Canada nor Quebec listens to each other. However, the metaphors of Two-Headed Poems can also be interpreted on a more personal level to refer to the tensions between lovers.
^ abBentley Mays, John (Sept. 16, 1978), "Even a loser like Canada has a few things to be proud of...we make tea properly, hold the knife the right way Two Headed Poems", The Globe and Mail: P. 39Check date values in: |date= (help)
^Abley, Mark (October 14, 1978), "The Mermail Inn In our migraine mentality, we are deaf. And the world vanishes", The Globe and Mail: P. 6