Poetry in Motion: knee deep in high water

Bronwyn Preece reads from her latest collection knee deep in high water (Caitlin Press). The collection is divided into two-week horse expeditions in the far Northern remote Rocky Mountains. Hear the poem in full by watching the video below.

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Following a devastating leg injury that would leave her with an acutely crooked knee, Bronwyn Preece embarks on an ambitious and immersive journey into a remote area of Northern BC. Written on the trail, knee deep in high water is a chronicle of the most physically challenging experience following her accident—a two-week-long horse expedition—and an impassioned ode to the breathtaking beauty of the backcountry. As she journeys through melting mountains and rising rivers, Preece encounters new moments of thwarted plans and questioned ethics that parallel her personal path of healing, both physical and emotional. These poems are an account of one woman’s movement into a deeper understanding of self. She grapples with her role as a settler in the unceded lands that provide her with so much comfort and attachment, as well as her own fragility and strength in relation to the terrains she explores. Through struggles and celebrations, lessons and longings, knee deep in high water is a love letter to the trail, and to returning home.

Bronwyn Preece reads from “knee deep in high water”

 

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Bronwyn Preece is honoured to have the privilege of living on the unceded Traditional Territories of the L̓il̓wat7úl and Skwxwú7mesh Peoples in Whistler, BC. This awareness brings with it many levels of responsibility, humbleness, transparency and collaborative possibilities. She is a multi-disciplinary, community-engaged arts practitioner. She holds a PhD in Performance, along with a MA and BFA in Applied Theatre. She has taught, facilitated workshops, and performed internationally. Her publications range from academic chapters to children’s books. She is the author of Gulf Islands Alphabet (2012) and Sea to Sky Alphabet (forthcoming 2023). All of her artistic and educational work aims towards cultivating place-based awarenesses and small acts of reconciliatory repair. Bronwyn is an avid, solo backcountry, multi-day backpacker and hiker who writes on the trail.