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Lit Locale: Broken Landscapes in Æther: An Out-of-Body Lyric
Catherine Graham’s book-length lyric essay Æther: An Out-of-Body Lyric (Wolsak and Wynn)—longlisted for the 2021 Toronto Book Award—is a luminous homage to family, to cancer, and to the strange windings of truth. Today, Graham tells us how her cancer diagnosis led to a connection to the ethereal that prompted her to write Æther and what broken landscapes mean to her. As Graham puts it best: “We are all broken landscapes. Thankfully, our stories hold us.”
* * *Catherine Graham is a poet, novelist and creative writing instructor. She is the author of six acclaimed poetry collections, including The Celery Forest, a CBC Best Book of the Year and finalist for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award and CAA Poetry Award and her debut novel, Quarry, was a finalist for the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Contemporary Fiction and Fred Kerner Book Award and won the Miramichi Reader’s “The Very Best!” Book Award and an Independent Publisher Book Awards’ gold medal for Fiction. She holds an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University (UK).
* * *Æther: An Out-of-Body Lyric is available for purchase here on All Lit Up >>>