Oct 2011|5.5 x 8.5|68 pp|978-1-926655-34-5|$16.95
The Bright Well
Poems about Facing Cancer
edited by Fiona Tinwei Lam
Marianne Bluger :: Lorna Crozier ::
Glen Downie :: Sandra Dunn :: Susan Elmslie
Michael Harris :: Maureen Hynes :: Luciano Iacobelli
Lois Lorimer :: Joanne Page :: Elise Partridge
Miranda Pearson :: Rachel Rose :: Mari-Lou Rowley
Anne Simpson :: Richard Sommer :: Betsy Struthers
Betsy Warland :: Sue Wheeler
Taylor interviews Fiona Tinwei Lam on his blog.
Sheryl MacKay interviews Fiona Tinwei
Lam, Elise Partridge, Miranda Pearson, and Betsy Warland: they share
their stories and read from poems in The Bright
MICHELE LANDSBERG: The intensity of living through
and perhaps surviving cancer and its treatments is so extreme
the dread, the streaming inner narrative, the moments of giddy joy at
being still alive is superbly captured by poetry. Here, in astonishing
images and lucid shards of insight, Canadas poets share the most
intimate experiences of the disease we all fear. They give us words
and pictures with which to snare the demon fear and celebrate the return
of life. Reading these poems is to remember, recognize and ruefully
greet those physical details and human frailties we cancer survivors
share. Its a strange relief, a remembrance, the release of tears
and the return of rejoicing.
GABOR MATÉ M.D.: More than a disease,
cancer is a life event. The raw authenticity, visceral force and sheer
beauty of the writing in this volume invite and compel us all to share
that experience. The poets collected here lay bare their bodies and
their souls, and such is their alchemy that their fear becomes our fear
just as their suffering, courage and triumph express our own.
MOLLY PEACOCK: When you wake up in the middle
of the night and want an authentic voice in your ear, go to The Bright
Well. What do we seek poetry for, if not to address our deepest
lives, loves, and fears? The Bright Well, a slender book about
the huge subject of cancer, responds with gusto, tenderness, trepidation,
and the clear water of metaphor. These wonderful poems, subtle and thoughtful,
have the advantage of paying a high price for their wisdom. Every page
quenches our thirst for true feeling and real understanding.
Fiona Tinwei Lam is a Scottish-born,
Vancouver-based writer whose work has appeared in literary magazines
across Canada as well as in over fifteen anthologies. Her book of poetry,
Intimate Distances, was a finalist for the City of Vancouver
Book Award. Her latest collection of poetry is Enter the Chrysanthemum.
Her work was included in The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2010.