Holy Nothing, The

By Jessica Hiemstra
Illustrated by Jessica Hiemstra
Edited by Stan Dragland

Holy Nothing, The
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Most of Jessica Hiemstra's new poems were written over several winters. Perhaps all that snow covering every living thing gave Hiemstra enough quiet to think. These were hard poems to write, she says. They arrived both suddenly and slowly. To Hiemstra the poems of The Holy Nothing ... Read more


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Most of Jessica Hiemstra's new poems were written over several winters. Perhaps all that snow covering every living thing gave Hiemstra enough quiet to think. These were hard poems to write, she says. They arrived both suddenly and slowly. To Hiemstra the poems of The Holy Nothing feel like the slake of a hard moment. Haiku poet Claudia Radmore says that Hiemstra's poems want to be haibuns. There's something so painfully unadorned and simple about her work, which isn't simple-mindedness. Think of these poems as meditations.// With 17 beautiful B&W illustrations by the poet.

Jessica Hiemstra

Jessica Hiemstra is a visual artist and writer. She's the winner of two Malahat Review Open Season Awards (2011) and Room Magazine's annual poetry contest (2009). Hiemstra's published two full-length collections, Apologetic for Joy (Goose Lane Editions, 2011) and Self Portrait Without a Bicycle (Biblioasis 2012). She lives in Merrickville ON.

Jessica Hiemstra

Jessica Hiemstra is a visual artist and writer. She's the winner of two Malahat Review Open Season Awards (2011) and Room Magazine's annual poetry contest (2009). Hiemstra's published two full-length collections, Apologetic for Joy (Goose Lane Editions, 2011) and Self Portrait Without a Bicycle (Biblioasis 2012). She lives in Merrickville ON.

Stan Dragland

Stan Dragland was born and brought up in Alberta. He was educated at The University of Alberta and Queen's University. He has taught at the University of Alberta, at The Grammar School, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, in the English Department at the University of Western Ontario in London, and in the Banff Centre Writing Studio. He now lives in St. John's, Newfoundland. He was founding editor of Brick, a journal of reviews and founder of Brick Books, a poetry publishing house, which he still serves as publisher and editor. Between 1993 and 1996 he was poetry editor for McClelland and Stewart. He has published three previous books of fiction: Peckertracks, a Chronicle (shortlisted for the 1978 Books in Canada First Novel Prize), Journeys Through Bookland and Other Passages, and (for children) Simon Jesse's Journey. He has edited collections of essays on Duncan Campbell Scott and James Reaney. Wilson MacDonald's Western Tour, a 'critical collage,' has been followed by two other books of criticism, The Bees of the Invisible: Essays in Contemporary English Canadian Writing and Floating Voice: Duncan Campbell Scott and the Literature of Treaty 9, which won the 1995 Gabrielle Roy Prize for Canadian Literary Criticism. 12 Bars, a prose blues, was co-winner of the bp Nichol Chapbook Award in 2003, the same year Apocrypha: Further Journeys appeared in NeWest Press's Writer-as-Critic series. Apocrypha was winner of the Rogers Cable Non-Fiction Award in 2005. In April 2004 the stage adaptation of HalldÛr Laxness's The Atom Station, co-written with Agnes Walsh, was performed at the LSPU Hall in St. John's. His most recent book is Stormy Weather: Foursomes, prose poetry from Pedlar Press, was shortlisted for the EJ Pratt Poetry Award in 2007. He is editor of the recently-released Hard-Headed and Big-Hearted: Writing Newfoundland, a collection of essays by Newfoundland historian Stuart Pierson.

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