questions I asked my mother is a seminal work of both Canadian and Mennonite literature.
Included in this new edition, poet and scholar Tanis MacDonald reflects on the the impact of Di Brandt's poetry undercuts centuries of patriarchal culture. Powerful and lyrical, filled with humour and intelligence, [Brandt's] language enfolds desire and hate, birth and death, mother and child.
"You can feel the warmth of the poets breath, sometimes gasping, sometimes singing, always affirming life itself. Read these poems. They will take your breath away."
"The book begins with early memories of raging against a system of belief and custom that was supposed to be unquestionable. The poems are written in an unassuming lower case, in punctuationless, out of breath tirades, the run-on flow of someone flooded with words. Taboo words, the necessity to speak the unspeakable, to shout the unthinkable."- Poetry Canada Chronicle"There are surrealistic and visionary moments in these poems. Predominantly, however, they are down-to-earth, rooted in a woman's body and a prairie landscape."- John Oughton, Books in Canada"Questions i asked my mother is an important first book....Brandt deserves a wide audience"- Prairie Fire Review of BooksSecrets "spill onto the page in an irresistible torrent of detail, leading to an ever expanding inner world of associations. Brandt's writing is a flowing stream of consciousness, drawing its power from the effects of accumulation and resonance."- Journal of Canadian Poetry"This is finely crafted rage."- Border Crossings