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Book Title: A Mother's String|
The author of the book: Andrea McKenzie Raine
ISBN 13: 9781894800693
Edition: Ekstasis Editions
Date of issue: June 6th 2005
Format files: PDF
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Can I perhaps mention before we get down to it that I am no scholar or systematic reader of poetry. However, in the books I have read of Andrea's I have have she has a special way with words.
I was keen therefore to get and read a copy of an early book of her poetry.
I have now read it twice in two separate sittings and recommend it without hesitation.
Some poems I still don't get others I will return to again and again. Without question Altzheimer's is a stand out poem that doesn't mention the condition by name within the poem but even without the title you would understand the illness for what it is. "....passing time, time being lost." "I am here wrapped in mysterious lapses of time ....." Powerful stuff but the first three words are those that resonate "I am here ......." so often we feel we have lost a loved one to this new reality but they remain present if caught in a different time.
Moving on 'Charlie' is a strong poem and I loved 'My Grandfather's Box'
A themed collection in three parts mostly reflective and about relationships. Strong ideas wonderfully expressed and captured in brief words or within the whole poem. "Have you ever heard the sound of death approaching? It is the moment before you know yourself."
I enjoyed this book and identified with the feelings shared or produced in reading these verses. 'Domesticity' strikes a chord. 'Backstrokes' was clever while 'A Mother's String' and 'Birth Mother brought me close to tears.
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Read information about the authorAndrea McKenzie Raine was born in Smithers, BC and grew up in Victoria, BC where she still resides. She was enrolled in the Creative Writing program and earned a B.A. in English Literature at the University of Victoria in 2000, and completed a post-degree Public Relations certificate program. She has attended the successful Planet Earth Poetry reading series (formerly known as Mocambopo) in Victoria, BC since 1997, and participated in the Glenairley writing retreats led by Canadian poet and novelist Patrick Lane in Sooke, BC. In 2005, she published her first book of poetry, titled A Mother’s String, through Ekstasis Editions. Her poetry has also appeared in Mocambo Nights, Canadian Literature journal, Quills, Borderlines anthology (Ascent Aspirations magazine), Tempus anthology (Rubicon Press), Poems from Planet Earth (Leaf Press), Tongues of Fire anthology, and several Glenairley chapbooks edited by Patrick Lane (Leaf Press). She has also written book reviews and articles for local magazines, celebrating the work of her peers. She lives with her husband and two young sons and, by day, is employed as a correspondence writer for the provincial government. Turnstiles is her debut novel published by Inkwater Press. She also published her second novel, A Crowded Heart, through Inkwater Press, which is a prequel to Turnstiles.
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