The Outer Wards

April 1, 2020|
The Outer Wards by Sadiqa De Meijer
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The Outer Wards, Sadiqa de Meijer''s new collection, explores questions of maternal love and duty--and the powerlessness that comes with the disruption of that role through illness. "I was awake. / The hour was wrong," de Meijer writes, and her poems track, in visceral and tender detail, the distraction, exhaustion, exhilaration, and fear of child-rearing through crisis. For de Meijer, the experience was also a crisis of language, and the struggle to find new terms for her state. Addressed, in part, to a child she calls "my grievous spectacle, / my dearest unpossessable," The Outer Wards is everywhere marked by a joy in words--their quick-fire turns, sumptuous sounds, and nursery-rhyme seductions.
Sadiqa de Meijer''s debut collection, Leaving Howe Island, was a nominee for the 2014 Governor General''s Award for English-language poetry and for the 2014 Pat Lowther Award. Her forthcoming book, alfabet/alphabet, will be published with Palimpsest Press in September 2020. She lives with her family in Kingston, Ontario.
Title:The Outer Wards
Product dimensions:88 pages, 7.5 X 5 X 0 in
Shipping dimensions:88 pages, 7.5 X 5 X 0 in
Published:April 1, 2020
Publisher:Vehicule Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781550655452

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