Poems from Life as it Happens

Poems from Life as it Happens

Poems from Life as it Happens

Author: Jane Ross (St Edmund's 1982)

Publisher: Battle River Books

An anthology steeped in the rural Battle River region of western Canada. Rich with the words of known and unknown poets, the book evokes inescapable reflections on landscape, history and peoples. They point to the unrevealed with its sinewy tensions and silent cries. Life, as it happens in this anthology, considers the other kingdoms: trees and snow and the creatures who live within the stunning embrace of the vast prairie terrain and its under land. It includes a river, a black highway stretching towards a roadside cafe, the yellow songs of ancient wildflowers, a mare in labour, women's work and chokecherry wine. It is inhabited by indigenous past and the ancestors, haunted by the loss of love and identity. This lyrical project by indigenous artists along with settler, new-comer and like-minded voices guards and uplifts the blithe union of nature and the creative communal prompts it inspires. In this sense it is both path-breaking as well as breath-taking. The poetic musings on Battle River life and land evince an endless capacity to evoke and inspire creativity.

Publication date: 
Friday 20 September 2019
ISBN: 
9780969584131