Halfling Spring

By Joanne Arnott
Illustrated by Leo Yerxa

Halfling Spring
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In Halfling Spring>/i>, a series of notes unfolds the dance of desire versus trust through a long season of actual and metaphorical springtime. Award-winning poet Joanne Arnott explores love, intimacy, and family, with a focus on electronic connections (internet love). Transiting ... Read more


Overview

In Halfling Spring>/i>, a series of notes unfolds the dance of desire versus trust through a long season of actual and metaphorical springtime. Award-winning poet Joanne Arnott explores love, intimacy, and family, with a focus on electronic connections (internet love). Transiting Canada from Victoria to Iqaluit, and transitioning from virtual to real (fantasy to reality), she inspects the realms of miscegenation and love in a class conscious and cross-cultural context, revealing en route the many ways that our deepest connections unveil the depths of old pain. Optimistic and playful, romantic and mythic, affirming embodiment, this process of poetic revelation shows all the dirty tricks of love.

Joanne Arnott

Joanne Arnott is a Métis/mixed-blood writer and arts activist living in Salish territories, based on an island in the mouth of the Sto:lo River (Richmond, BC). An active blogger, mentor, and volunteer with national and local literary organizations, Joanne is mother to five sons and one daughter, all born at home. This is her seventh book.

Leo Yerxa

Leo Yerxa was an award-winning writer, illustrator and artist. His first book, Last Leaf First Snowflake to Fall, was a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Illustration and Ancient Thunder won the Governor General's Award and many other accolades. Leo was born on the Little Eagle Reserve in northern Ontario. He studied graphic arts at Algonquin College in Ottawa, fine arts at the University of Waterloo, and worked with Tom Hill, a respected figure in Indigenous art in Canada. Leo was the first Indigenous person in Canada to design coins for the Royal Canadian Mint incorporating Indigenous design elements and First Nations athletes (Series IV 1975 Olympic Coins, Montreal Olympics 1976). A set of his murals can be seen at the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre on the Rainy River First Nations National Historic Site in Ontario. Leo provided illustrations for Halfling Spring by Joanne Arnott. He passed away in 2017.

Excerpt

a cure for longevity (a taste of honey)i received an email missivethe author assertedthat a daily doseof cinnamon & honeywould cure many ailmentsincluding 'longevity'i sat with this informationtalked it over with friendswas this just a poor choice of wordsor a statement of the facts, deeply cynical?cancersdiabetesAIDShangoverhungerhuntington'sdead twinsunhappy marriagescommunity demandslongevityi eat cinnamon dailybut honey i avoid, too painful[ 24 ]playing catch with Alastair:i lean way backi pull my heart outi throw it, just as far as i can

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