Book details

Publication date: March 2021
Series: Robert Kroetsch Series
Keywords: Infertility; Childbearing; Motherhood; Parenting; Grief; Home; Etymology; Miscarriage; Loss; Hope; Feminist; Confessional poetry; Canadian poetry; Women writers; Lyrical; lyric poetry; Family; Nature; Environment; Book Club
Subject(s): POETRY / Canadian / General, POETRY / Women Authors, POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Family, POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Death, Grief, Loss, Infertility; Childbearing; Motherhood; Parenting; Grief; Home; Etymology; Miscarriage; Loss; Hope; Feminist; Confessional poetry; Canadian poetry; Women writers; Lyrical; lyric poetry; Family; Nature; Environment; Book Club, POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Nature, Poetry, Women's Studies, Canadian Literature / Poetry, Poetry by individual poets, Modern & contemporary poetry (c 1900 onwards)
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Jennifer Bowering Delisle. 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).

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"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

CONTENTS
xi Etymology
1 WATER IN A BLUE GLASS
2 Caribou
4 Seeds
6 The Way We Stand
7 Instinct
9 Reasons
10 February in Vancouver
11 Embryopathology Report
12 Gifts
18 Gravity
19 Know the Way
20 Vancouver
21 Anemochory
22 Highway 16, Near Blue River
24 To Violet
25 Spring
28 SHOEBOX PHOTOS
37 DRINK THE RIVER
38 Muskeg
39 It Never Rains
40 Two Prints
42 Ultrasound
44 Food
45 Rules
46 North Saskatchewan
47 Incongruous
48 Nurse
49 Falling Boundary
51 “THE PERFECTION OF WOMANHOOD”
52 Natural Childbirth
53 Son-of-a-Gun
54 Equivalent
55 Bikini
56 Concession / Stand
59 HOW THE RIVER CARVES OUR NAMES
60 Mother
67 One Little, Two Little, Three Little
68 Lioness
69 How Much I Want the Thing I Never Remember
70 Patience
71 September Snow
72 Go Green
73 Precarious
75 Notes
77 Acknowledgments
ISBNs: 9781772125474 978-1-77212-547-4 Title: deriving ISBNs: 9781772125641 978-1-77212-564-1 Title: deriving