Peopled with casualties of colonizing desires, Our Bodies’ Unanswered Questions revises mythical, historical and personal narratives. Penelope regrets her career choice; a Syrian child washes ashore; the greeting card industry peddles innocence. Personal poems scrutinize time’s implacable flow, chart the body in time, its mortality, its capricious heart. The struggle to find grace-notes of love and beauty in our present historical moment animates these poems: tough and lyrical, they resonate with authentic feeling, cultural urgency, and a quirky sense of humour.
About the author
Wendy Donawa, formerly a museum curator and academic in Barbados, now lives on the West Coast and participates in Victoria's vibrant poetry scene. Her poems have appeared in anthologies, magazines, and online publications across Canada. She was a finalist in The Malahat Review's 2013 Open Season Competition, and in 2015 she was runner-up in the inaugural Cedric Literary Awards. She has published two chapbooks, Sliding Towards Equinox (Rubicon Press, 2009) and Those Astonishments of Sorrow, of Joy (Leaf Press, 2012). Thin Air of the Knowable is her first collection.