Flowers We Will Never Know the Names Of

By Cathy Ford

Flowers We Will Never Know the Names Of
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This is a stunning new long poem by an important Canadian poet. It is a poem of love against violence and loss. Written in the language of flowers, and reimagining the alphabet stunned by this history-changing event, it marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the murders of fourteen ... Read more


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This is a stunning new long poem by an important Canadian poet. It is a poem of love against violence and loss. Written in the language of flowers, and reimagining the alphabet stunned by this history-changing event, it marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the murders of fourteen female students in Montreal on December 6, 1989. It is an incantation, a chant, a protest, a memento, an invocation, a prayer organized in fourteen sections. It is a bouquet of flowers. It challenges syntax, liberates lyric and the spellchecker. Many new words have been created, or old ones rewritten, especially using enjambment, a passionate and strikingly female device.

Cathy Ford

Cathy Ford is the author of fifteen books of poetry and numerous chapbooks published by blewointment press, Intermedia Press, Caitlin Press, Véhicule Press, Harbour Publishing and gynergy books. Ford grew up in northern British Columbia, attended the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, and has a BFA and MFA in creative writing, with honours. A former president of the League of Canadian Poets, she is a founding member of the Feminist Caucus of the LCP. For many years she has worked as a community and arts activist committed to world peace and improving the status of women, especially women artists in Canada and internationally.

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