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Six Mats and One Year

by (author) Alison Smith

Gaspereau Press Ltd.
Initial publish date
Apr 2003
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Over the past decade, countless young Canadians, lured by adventure and the promise of well-paid work, have travelled to Asia to teach English in the many private language schools that have sprung up there. Although these schools provide new opportunities for Asians by opening up Western language and culture, those who have travelled to Asia to teach have as often found themselves the students. Alison Smith’s poems chronicle her experience teaching English in Japan, exploring this cross-cultural exchange in the clear, unadorned narrative voice that typified her debut collection.

About the author

Alison Smith is the author of The Wedding House, Six Mats and One Year, and the chapbook Fishwork, Dear (2009). She was shortlisted for the 2013 CBC Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Guernica Magazine, Fjords Review, Event Magazine, Rusty Toque, Understorey, and Lemonhound. She lives in New Germany, Nova Scotia.

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Editorial Reviews

“Smith’s lyricism is precise, definite; yet, her work is fascinated by the indefinite.” George Elliott Clarke, Halifax Chronicle Herald

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