Birch Split Bark by Diane GuichonBirch Split Bark by Diane Guichon

Birch Split Bark

byDiane Guichon

Paperback | November 1, 2007

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Winner of the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize

In her debut collection of poems, Birch Split Bark, Diane Guichon uses a quintessentially Canadian image -- a birch bark canoe -- to speak of those private waters that make us universally human. By writing in the first person of a father, a mother, a son and a daughter, she bridges age to gender, myth to memory and hatred to reconciliation. These poems are brave and brilliantly voiced and her descriptions are as haunting as a loon's concerto on a silent summer lake. Guichon's characters speak to the plurality of Canadian identity; in four distinct voices, Guichon pulls apart the myths that have created us and continue to dictate who we must be. Birch Split Bark proves that canoes will always write history upon their waters just as poets will write humanity upon the page.
Diane Guichon is an MA graduate of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Calgary. Birch Split Bark is her first published book of poetry.
Title:Birch Split BarkFormat:PaperbackDimensions:102 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 0.25 inPublished:November 1, 2007Publisher:Nightwood EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889712158

ISBN - 13:9780889712157

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Editorial Reviews

She breaks open our traditional coherent canoe narrative by invoking canoes and canoe myths from other places and cultures. Though her tone varies, moving through a spectrum from intellectual play to deep feeling, she constructs a book with unusual coherence and unity by anchoring it firmly to the image, however fractured, of the canoe ... the book as a whole is accomplished and satisfying. --Maureen Scott Harris, The Goose