The Burden Of Gravity

August 21, 2020|
The Burden Of Gravity by Shannon Mcconnell
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In her debut poetry collection, Shannon McConnell explores the fraught history of New Westminster''s Woodlands School, a former "lunatic asylum" opened in 1878 which later became a custodial training school for children with disabilities before its closure in 1996. Partially set in the 1960s and 70s, The Burden of Gravity uses personas to imagine residents'' lives, giving voice to those who were unable to speak for themselves, to shift focus from the institutional authority to the experience of residents. As poetry of witness, the collection uses a grounding tone to excavate the individual experiences through traditional narrative, ekphrastic and experimental erasure forms that elicit an array of emotions, from heartbreak to anger. Drawn from archival research, The Burden of Gravity, challenges readers to consider how we, in the aftermath of deinstitutionalization, choose to remember institutions like Woodlands School.
Shannon McConnell is a writer, educator and musician originally from Vancouver, BC. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in untethered, The Fieldstone Review, Louden Singletree, In Medias Res, Rat''s Ass Review, The Anti-Languorous Project, and more. She holds degrees in English Literature and Education from UFV and SFU, respectively, ...
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Title:The Burden Of Gravity
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:102 pages, 8 X 5.5 X 0.25 in
Shipping dimensions:102 pages, 8 X 5.5 X 0.25 in
Published:August 21, 2020
Publisher:Caitlin Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781773860282

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