The Colour of Clouds features poems that focus on the Greater Toronto area which includes a variety of towns, hamlets, cities and landscapes with a rich history and culture. In a poetic and introspective style, this book explores the loss of our links to the past and how the pace of development threatens the beauty of our heritage, both built and natural. Featured in the poems are writers from Stephen Leacock to Lucy Maude Montgomery to Mazo de la Roche, and artists such as Milne, Gladstone, Varley and Macdonald who were inspired by the landscapes of these regions. The central themes in this collection are: losses and gains over time in the places where we reside; the interplay between our natural world and the built environment; and the often tenuous connection between the present and the past in the spaces that we inhabit; and ecofeminist theories relating to the exploitation of the natural world and the significant connection of women to nature.
Linda Martin is the co-author of seven non-fiction books, many on the theme of popular culture, especially in the context of female experience. She has also scripted and directed two documentary films, one featuring organic farmers in Ontario and the other about an independent movie theater complex and museum in cottage country Ontario. Linda has worked as a Librarian in Vancouver, Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. She lives in Toronto. The Colour of Clouds is her debut poetry collection.
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