Mother Time

By Joanne Arnott

Mother Time
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After reading this collection, you will never look at mothers - at the playground, at the elementary school, or across the kitchen table - in quite the same way again. Beginning with a poem of pregnancy, written by her twenty-five year old self, Joanne Arnott leads us through ... Read more


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After reading this collection, you will never look at mothers - at the playground, at the elementary school, or across the kitchen table - in quite the same way again. Beginning with a poem of pregnancy, written by her twenty-five year old self, Joanne Arnott leads us through a span of twenty years of inward- and outward-facing struggles, centred firmly in the ongoing work of becoming a mother.Living on the thresholds between races - the poet is a prairie-born Métis - and between thegenerations, Arnott articulates the challenges of mothering in heart, body, and mind. Her work involves sometimes abstract, sometimes visceral long and short poems, song and chant. Through visiting and revisiting pregnancy, childbirth, lullabies, and multi-generational rage, the poetry moves from the desperation of survival through to a tender place of clarity. The sexual, the spiritual, and the sociological weave together here to shock, cajole, and ultimately to transform our picture of the inner life of the mother.

Joanne Arnott

Joanne Arnott is a Métis/mixed-blood writer and arts activist, originally from Manitoba, now at home on the west coast. She has received the Gerald Lampert Award (LCP 1992) and the Vancouver Mayor's Art Award for Literary Arts (2017). She has published six poetry books, a collection of short non-fiction and a children's illustrated book. Recent publications include her third poetry chapbook, Pensive & beyond (Nomados Press 2019) and the co-edited volume, Honouring the Strength of Indian Women: Plays, Stories and Poetry by Vera Manuel (U of Manitoba Press 2019). Along with being a poetry mentor for the Writer's Studio at Simon Fraser University, she is a poetry editor for EVENT Magazine.

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