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Deriving
Jennifer Bowering Delisle

Imprint:

The University of Alberta Press - Edmonton

ISBN:

9781772125474

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General Trade
Mar 05, 2021
$19.99 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

9in x 5.25 x 0.24 in | 120 gr

Page Count:

96 pages
The University of Alberta Press
POETRY / Canadian / General
Modern and contemporary poetry (c 1900 onwards)|Poetry by individual poets
 
Book Cover Design | Alberta Book Awards, Book Publishers Association of Alberta 2022, Short-listed
  • Short Description
Deriving is a feminist exploration of origins. Ancestral and etymological histories interlace in these poems to explore infertility, motherhood, and family, while troubling the colonial legacies of the English language and Canadian identity. This dynamic collection is a poignant, lyrical meditation on longing, place, embodiment, and ultimately, the miracle of life.
Deriving is a feminist exploration of the creation of life, of family, and of words themselves. Delisle asks: How does past infertility colour the experience of new motherhood? How do historical voices echo in the present? How does language impact our ways of being in the world? These poems embrace the rich material of mothering with unapologetic honesty, confronting the experiences that some would keep hidden. Fear, anger, envy mix with joy and ultimately hope, as Delisle considers the challenges of conceiving and raising children in both familial and global contexts. Deriving is a poignant, lyrical meditation on longing, place, and embodiment. I watched it freeze up, rafts of white snagging beneath the bridge, frazil ice, pans linked along the shoreline. Inside me my son was building white fat on bone. - from “North Saskatchewan”

Jennifer Bowering Delisle is the author of the lyric family memoir, The Bosun Chair, and a book of literary studies, The Newfoundland Diaspora. Her poetry and prose have been published in magazines and anthologies across North America. She is a settler living in Treaty 6 territory (Edmonton).

"Deriving is a masterfully crafted collection that is both prescient and relevant. Delisle traverses time, language, geography, and topography and deftly synthesizes the ethereal and the concrete with poems that 'sound the shape of a thousand leaves.' Delisle’s lens zooms in and out from the internal workings of motherhood, family, and love, even as it brings into focus etymology, biology, climate change, and politics. Above all, this collection is a magical exploration of language’s perfection and elusiveness. Here is a voice that enlightens, surprises, and stirs. Deriving is rich—its breadth and depth compel the reader to experience poetry that, at its core, is about 'finding words/for everything I’ll never understand.'” - Wendy McGrath, poet and author

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