Adrienne Gruber's third full poetry collection, Q & A, is a poetic memoir detailing a first pregnancy, birth and early postpartum period. The poet is both traumatized and transformed by the birth of her daughter. She is compelled by the dark places birth takes her and as she examines and revisits those places, a grotesque history of the treatment of pregnant and birthing women reveals itself.
Praise for Q & A:
"To give birth, to bear life—to release and capture that experience in words: this is the crystalline achievement of Q & A. Gruber's poetry resonates in the hollows of my body, in the fear and hope that accompanies motherhood." —Marianne Apostolides, author of Deep Salt Water
"In Q&A Adrienne Gruber annotates the condition of the pre- and post-partum body, training her ruthless poetic eye on division: cell by cell, mother from daughter, fact from misguided historical tendency. Is this a love poem / or a poem of grief? / When we make something / we lose, she writes. Throughout these poems and their namesake childhood interrogatives, fluids course, sutures tear, ducts leak. Gruber's ability to command the language of sublime physicality draws motherhood's grotesque fears close, turning them over like an infant on a lap, examining perfections and dangers with intimate scrutiny." —Elee Kraljii Gardiner, author of Trauma Head and serpentine loop
Adrienne Gruber is the author of three books of poetry, Q & A (Book*hug), Buoyancy Control (BookThug) and This is the Nightmare (Thistledown Press), and five chapbooks. She won The Antigonish Review's Great Blue Heron poetry contest in 2015, SubTerrain's Lush Triumphant poetry contest in 2017 and has been short-listed for the CBC Literary Awards, ARC's Poem of the Year contest, Descant's Winston Collins Best Canadian Poem contest and Matrix Magazine's Lit POP poetry contest. In 2012, her chapbook, Mimic was awarded the bp Nichol Chapbook Award. Originally from Saskatoon, Adrienne lives in Vancouver with her partner and two daughters.