"To be a mother in a post-9/11 world with a child whose name suggested an affiliation to terrorism; to keep my son safe against prejudice, raising him with love and care, but also ignorant about how to be a mother; these issues served the writing of this collection. A book about the shock of world events; the shock of becoming a mother; the shock of failing to be a mother in a system failing to provide support; it is about my love for my son. It is also a replay of my childhood, growing up with my mother who was, I think, psychic, and generally anxious about the future. Becoming a mother was an encounter with the real, and I have never recovered."
Concetta Principe is the author of two previous books-Stained Glass (1997) and Interference (1999)-and has written and directed for TV, including the Vision TV series on Biblical archaeology, The Naked Archaeologist. She is currently completing her PhD at York University, where her work considers representations of the messiah and the Muselmann in twentieth century cultural and intellectual works, arguing that these figures are evidence of a trauma of secularism dating to first century Judea. She has managed to find coherence in her unconscious compulsion to think politics and revelation together.
Beth Follett is the founder and publisher of Pedlar Press, a Canadian literary house. Her first novel, Tell It Slant (Coach House Books, 2001), a retelling of Djuna Barnes’s 1936 novel Nightwood, met with critical acclaim. Her poetry, prose and nonfiction work have appeared in Brick, Best Canadian Poetry 2019, and elsewhere. She lives in St John’s, NL.
Most of the time we don't know a damned thing. If we are lucky, someone like Concetta Principe comes along . . . and shines a little light. --Michael Dennis
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