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Two Poems from The Burden of Gravity
In her debut collection of poetry, The Burden of Gravity (Caitlin Press), Shannon McConnell takes an in-depth look at New Westminster’s Woodlands School, a former “lunatic asylum” opened in 1878 which later became a custodial training school for children with disabilities before its closure in 1996. McConnell recalls a dark time in BC’s history to give poetic voice to the many forgotten residents of the infamous Woodlands School and challenges us to consider how we, in the aftermath of deinstitutionalization, choose to remember troubling and erased histories. Read on for two poems from McConnell’s collection — “The Burden of Gravity” and “Miss Taylor.”
Two poems from The Burden of GravityThe Burden of Gravity
* * *Shannon McConnell is a writer, educator and musician originally from Vancouver, BC. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in untethered, The Fieldstone Review, Louden Singletree, In Medias Res, Rat’s Ass Review, The Anti-Languorous Project, and more. She holds degrees in English Literature and Education from the University of the Fraser Valley and Simon Fraser University, respectively, and is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan’s MFA in Writing program. In 2018, she won second place for the John V. Hicks Long Manuscript Award for Poetry. She is completing an MA in History at the University of Saskatchewan. Shannon previously lived in Saskatoon, SK, and now resides in Kingston, ON. The Burden of Gravity (Caitlin Press, 2020) is her debut collection.
* * *Thanks to Shannon for sharing two poems from her debut collection The Burden of Gravity with us, and to Monica at Caitlin Press for connecting us! For more poetry samplings, click here.