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The Woman Who Drank Her Own Reflection
1st edition
By (author): Louise McKinney
9781550717143 Paperback, B-format English POETRY / General Apr 30, 2013
$15.00 CAD
Active 5 x 8 x 0.28 in | 100 gr 75 pages Guernica Editions
A sense of place has always dominated Louise McKinney’s writing life. This poetry collection represents the best of her poetry written from the early 1980s to now. More than depicting mere geographical adventuring, this work expresses the poet’s personal vision and emphasizes the importance of living out one’s potential. This emotional journey may include the necessity of leaving something, of passing through wild and dark places in the shadow self. It may also mean becoming a different person, or persons. Sometimes inner and outer landscape merge. Always there is the hope of arriving at a place of triumphant joy where real meaning is found and love of sovereign self resides. Frequently McKinney’s subject is the natural world and her deep reverence for it.

Louise McKinney is an internationally published author and journalist with a 25+-year career as writer/editor in books, magazines and newspapers. In 2004, she started teaching full-time and currently leads a variety of writing and literature classes at Georgia Perimeter College. In addition, she works as a nonfiction editor of the internationally recognized literary journal that recently won the Governor Award in Georgia, The Chattahoochee Review. This is her first book of poetry, a finalist in the Texas Review Annual Poetry Prize under a different title. In Toronto, Louise McKinney was poetry editor at Toronto Life in the late 1980s. She has led poetry workshops at Ryerson and studied with Don Coles as well as with Roo Borson and Kim Maltman.

"Louise McKinney’s generous poems are all the more interesting for being grounded in a variety of distant places. Yet their distant landscapes are finally within, spirit being awakened again and again by the poet’s words. These poems offer rare gifts of new language and expansive humanity." – Lawrence Hetrick, Derelict Tributaries

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