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hook (The Hugh MacLennan Poetry Series #33) (Paperback)

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This is book number 33 in the The Hugh MacLennan Poetry Series series.


See her? / Steadfast and firm her / branches graze the mantle of quiet clouds / as she elaborates her claim Haunted by indifference toward systemic violences and the disregard endured by those people labelled as "problems," nancy viva davis halifax’s poems articulate the constraints of discredited lives. Conveying her experiences witnessing homelessness, poverty, disability, and chronic illness on the streets and within women's emergency shelters, davis halifax orients readers to recognize ongoing suffering in our society. One poem, a purl of four words, reminds the reader that language entangles and unbinds lives, and that life is an unfastening, a knitting by which some are lost and others made separable. These are unregulated poems, poems that refuse indifference and reassert mutuality. They are not an argument, they are not assured, not facts, not a problem, not a resource, but an opening.

About the Author

nancy viva davis halifax is associate professor in the Faculty of Health at York University.

Praise For…

"With her new collection, hook, poet nancy viva davis halifax reports back from her experiences working in emergency shelters and on the streets of Toronto. She positions herself as an ally of her subjects [and] while their object is political, the poems are lyrical and rely on the particulars of the outer world to reveal the inner lives of their speakers." Arc
Product Details
ISBN: 9780773545809
ISBN-10: 0773545808
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Publication Date: August 14th, 2015
Pages: 94
Language: English
Series: The Hugh MacLennan Poetry Series