Q & A

By (author): Adrienne Gruber

Adrienne Gruber’s third full poetry collection, Q & A, is a poetic memoir detailing a first pregnancy, birth and early postpartum period. The poet is both traumatized and transformed by the birth of her daughter. She is compelled by the dark places birth takes her and as she examines and revisits those places, a grotesque history of the treatment of pregnant and birthing women reveals itself.


Adrienne Gruber

ADRIENNE GRUBER is an award-winning writer originally from Saskatoon. She is the author of five chapbooks, three books of poetry, including Q & A, Buoyancy Control, and This is the Nightmare, and the creative nonfiction collection, Monsters, Martyrs, and Marionnettes: Essays on Motherhood. She won the 2015 Antigonish Review’s Great Blue Heron poetry contest, SubTerrain’s 2017 Lush Triumphant poetry contest, placed third in Event’s 2020 creative non-fiction contest, and was the runner up in SubTerrain’s 2023 creative non-fiction contest. Both her poetry and non-fiction has been longlisted for the CBC Books awards. In 2012, Mimic was awarded the bp Nichol Chapbook Award. Adrienne lives with her partner and their three daughters on Nex̱wlélex̱m (Bowen Island), B.C., the traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples.


“This collection is simultaneously a poetic memoir, a love letter (“or a poem of grief”) from mother to daughter, and a birthbook, recording conception, gestation, birth, and some of the postpartum period.” —The Maynard

“Q & A is a fascinating collection of poems because it pulls back the veil on things that haven’t often been spoken about when it comes to the bodily journeys that women undertake during their lifetimes… These are poems that don’t shirk from the gruesome physicality of birthing, but there is beauty here, too, in the poet’s love for her daughter, and in the recognition that there are many sides to the prism of a woman’s life.” —periodicities

“The poems in Q & A exist precisely within that intimate space, intricately observed, questioned and explored… but Gruber pulls apart through a different lens, articulating short narratives that focus on moments both large and small through an urgency, anxiety and the discovery that letting go is as important as holding close.” —rob mclennan

“Q & A traverses fraught terrain only to end up, on its final page, with a resolution that feels potent and – not unimportantly – earned. These are poems that confront their subject matter directly and with scant regard for a reader’s refined sensibilities… What [Gruber] offers us is nothing less than the stuff of life itself.” —Quill & Quire


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112 Pages
8.70in * 5.80in * .40in


April 01, 2019


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