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Mother Time

Poems New and Selected

by Joanne Arnott

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list price: $15.95
edition:Paperback
category: Poetry
published: Apr 2007
ISBN:9781553800460
publisher: Ronsdale Press
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After reading this collection, you will never look at mothers - at the playground, at the elementary school, or across the kitchen table - in quite the same way again. Beginning with a poem of pregnancy, written by her twenty-five year old self, Joanne Arnott leads us through a span of twenty years of inward- and outward-facing struggles, centred firmly in the ongoing work of becoming a mother.

Living on the thresholds between races - the poet is a prairie-born Métis - and between thegenerations, Arnott articulates the challenges of mothering in heart, body, and mind. Her work involves sometimes abstract, sometimes visceral long and short poems, song and chant. Through visiting and revisiting pregnancy, childbirth, lullabies, and multi-generational rage, the poetry moves from the desperation of survival through to a tender place of clarity. The sexual, the spiritual, and the sociological weave together here to shock, cajole, and ultimately to transform our picture of the inner life of the mother.

Contributor Notes

Joanne Arnott, a Metis/mixed blood writer, was born in Winnipeg, and has lived thirty years in Musqueam traditional territories on the west coast. Mother to six children ranging in age from three to twenty years, Joanne has been a literary performer and publishing poet since the mid-1980s. She worked for many years as an Unlearning Racism facilitator, and continues to incorporate social justice perspectives and peer counselling approaches in her work. She lives with her husband and children in Richmond, BC.

Her first book, Wiles of Girlhood (Press Gang, 1991), won the Gerald Lampert Award. She has since published five additional books. These include poetry, a children's illustrated story and a nonfiction collection. She is the author of Steepy Mountain: Love Poetry (Kegedonce Press, 2004), and most recently Mother Time: Poems New and Selected, about the many roles involved in being and becoming a mother.

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Mother Time: Poems New & Selected

Arnott is the mother of six children spanning two decades in age. The acts of giving birth and mothering have played a huge part in her life, and these poems reflect that experience. This collection of old and new work consists of poems that explore Arnott’s identity, both as a mother and as a Métis woman. Song is an important element in her work – not meaning poems that rhyme, but song as a way of oral telling and of sharing. The work will be of special appeal in schools that meet the needs of young mothers, as the poems focus on pregnancy, birthing and children.

Arnott’s Wiles of Girlhood won the Gerald Lampert Award from the League of Canadian Poets for best first book of poetry.

Caution: Since the book is concerned with mothering and birthing, language describing female genitals is explicit.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2007-2008.

Association of Book Publishers of BC
Librarian review

Mother Time: Poems New and Selected

Arnott is the mother of six children spanning two decades in age. The acts of giving birth and mothering have played a huge part in her life; these poems reflect that experience. This collection of old and new work consists of poems that explore Arnott’s identity, both as a mother and as a Métis woman. Song is an important element in her work—not meaning poems that rhyme, but song as a way of oral telling and of sharing. The work will be of special appeal in schools that meet the needs of young mothers, as the poems are very specific, with their focus on pregnancy, birthing and children.

Arnott’s Wiles of Girlhoodwon the Gerald Lampert Award from the League of Canadian Poets for best first book of poetry.

Caution: Since the book is concerned with mothering and birthing, language describing female genitals is explicit.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2007-2008.

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