In Halfling spring, a series of notes unfolds the dance of desire versus trust through a long season of actual and metaphorical springtime. Joanne Arnott is a M?tis/mixed blood mother of six, and in this collection she continues her explorations of 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, a Metis/mixed blood writer, was born in Winnipeg, and has lived thirty years in Musqueam traditional territories on the west coast. Mother to six children ranging in age from three to twenty years, Joanne has been a literary performer and publishing poet since the mid-1980s. She worked for many years as an Unlearning Racism facilitator, and continues to incorporate social justice perspectives and peer counselling approaches in her work. She lives with her husband and children in Richmond, BC.Her first book, Wiles of Girlhood (Press Gang, 1991), won the Gerald Lampert Award. She has since published five additional books. These include poetry, a children's illustrated story and a nonfiction collection. She is the author of Steepy Mountain: Love Poetry (Kegedonce Press, 2004), and most recently Mother Time: Poems New and Selected, about the many roles involved in being and becoming a mother.
"A sequence of poems playing out the narrative of the inner risks and fears, the warmth and sweetness of a new and fresh love affair between two fully mature people. Candid, simple, intimate, full of calm passion and grown up intelligent feeling with occasional surprises. Sensuous, flowing, spiritually refreshing."- Jamie Reid, founding member of TISH, author of Homages, Prez, and I. Another, The Space Between.In Halfling Spring, "i want to listen to stories fall." Arnott takes her reader into clear, deep water, where a "woman in her web of relations" "draw(s) a fragile flower of self." Her words an intimate song, the reader is led by the heart, from the Pacific, to the Rideau, to the far northern sea. Yet her words are both delicate and compelling, and the flower is not only a fragile one; in chorus, "a water lily is thriving," and rooted below the reader, Arnott's words are a powerful medicine. Like the polar bear, Arnott mesmerizes her audience. Halfling Spring is a compelling read. - Sharron Proulx-Turner, author of Where the Rivers Join, what the auntys say, she is reading her blanket with her hands, and the trees are still bending south
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