A Night for the Lady explores the terrain of poetry conversation. Each poem arises from conversations with poets, colleagues and intimate friends. They range from a 1998 conversation on healing programs and the fundamentals of world change to a sequence of recent indigenous literary events on the prairies. Within the context of these conversations, an exploration emerges of the roles of woman within local as well as historic literary and global situations. The poems draw together diverse figures from world literature, world religions and myths to lay open the experience of human beings within the "brown-feminine." Identifying and synthesizing connections across a wide palette of human experience, this collection challenges the divisions of personal and global, indigenous and "everyone else," all the while celebrating both the humanity and the divinity of the Lady. Playful, erotic and occasionally harrowing, this collection bundles together experimental and inspirational work from a longstanding voiceof conscience in Canadian letters. Once again, Arnott carries us into the most intimate terrain, casts her net widely, catches us up.
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.
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