Book details

Publication date: March 2019
Series: Robert Kroetsch Series
Keywords: Poetry / Canadian Literature
Subject(s): POETRY / Canadian, Creative Writing, Creative Writing / Poetry, Poetry / Canadian Literature, POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Family, POETRY / Women Authors, Poetry / Canadian Literature, Poetry, Poetry, Literature
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Marita Dachsel. Marita Dachsel is the author of Glossolalia and All Things Said & Done. Her work has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies. Her poetry has been shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, the Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry, and the ReLit Award. Her play Initiation Trilogy was nominated for both a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Original Script and the Critics’ Choice Innovation Award. She lives with her family on Lekwungen territory in Victoria, British Columbia.

# 1 on Edmonton Fiction Bestsellers list, April 3, 2019

"Dachsel’s poems also offer a kind of spiritual clarity, navigating a sequence of uncertainties with a careful confidence..."

Rob Mclennan

"...strike a balance between the potent dramas of family life and the sense that all can be lost in a moment of forgetfulness, or the ever-ready subsuming of mortality.... The balance is maintained, but like a teacup on the tip of a pencil, and the value of the collection rests in our recognition that we, too, search for that balance." [Full review at]

John Carroll, The Ormsby Review

"These [three] fine collections focus on loss... Wisdom of both the aging and the ages shines through. Wistfully, they explore growing older and what comes next—or doesn’t.... Dachsel’s more ribald images... are jolting and rich." [Full review at]

Crystal Hurdle, Canadian Literature


1 after the funeral
2 spring
3 sizzle
4 illusion
5 vermin
6 inheritance
7 our home needs to be painted
8 self portrait
9 alberta avenue
10 the impossibility of fireflies
11 klondike
12 may is an uneasy month
13 returning from seeing the man with the beard of bees
14 our guilt stays with us
15 good to keep busy
16 neighbourly
17 he always gave us the creeps
18 my money’s on the magpie
19 my mum’s grandmother had a terrible accident
when she was a young mother
20 grown up
21 main & broadway
22 hold on
23 your light, your light
24 a sonnet for middle-age mothers
25 solstice
26 gentle infestation
27 mothering
28 cavity
29 clover point
30 beached
31 epithalamium
32 check for spots
34 yes, let’s
35 the forties
36 unfasten
37 these days, those days
38 accumulate
39 now is the season of open windows
40 shuswap july
41 vanish
42 plato island
43 always with the fucking fish
44 we both wore red lipstick
45 obligatory road trip
46 swing therapy
47 before serious
49 even bleach can’t remove the smell
50 for phillis wheatley
51 the birth of father yod
52 roots
53 keepsake
54 last suppers
55 arbutus
56 there are not enough sad songs
57 down under
58 terminal
59 new year’s day, 2015
60 child

63 Acknowledgements
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