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Marita Dachsel on Poetry by Canadian Women

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Marita Dachsel's Glossolalia is released this week. Glossolalia is an unflinching exploration of sisterhood, motherhood, and sexuality as told in a series of poetic monologues spoken by the thirty-four polygamous wives of Joseph Smith, founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In Marita Dachsel's second full-length collection, the self-avowed agnostic feminist uses mid-nineteenth century Mormon America as a microcosm for the universal emotions of love, jealousy, loneliness, pride, despair, and passion. Glossolalia is an extraordinary, often funny, and deeply human examination of what it means to be a wife and a woman through the lens of religion and history. To mark International Women's Day (March 8), Dachsel shares with us a list of her favourite poetry by Canadian women writers.
The Invisibility Exhibit

The Invisibility Exhibit

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A stunning, complex book that explores the cracks as big as crevasses in Vancouver’s glossy veneer. An exploration of the Downtown Eastside, Vancouver’s missing women, a city’s apathy, and personal accountability, Murakami’s poems stare back, their gaze unrelenting, daring the reader to make excuses as witness.
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Ashland

Ashland

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One does not read this book, but inhabit it. I feel the grit in my teeth, the dust on my skin when I enter Adamson’s gothic world. It is visceral and violent, her language blade-sharp and fierce. A terrifying joy to explore.
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God of Missed Connections

God of Missed Connections

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A dialogue between Ukraine’s difficult history, contemporary Canada, and the poet’s search for connection to place and people, it is smart, sexy, and wry. All at once, these poems are political, dramatic, intimate, and funny, and Bachinsky’s keen ear for voice transcends the page.
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II

Observed over Miami, the city, an orange slick blister,
the houses, stiff-­haired organisms clamped to the earth,
engorged with oil and wheat,
rubber and metals,
the total contents of the brain, the electrical
regions of the atmosphere, water

coming north, reeling, a neurosis of hinged
clouds,
bodies thicken, flesh

out in immodest health,
six boys, fast food on their breath,
luscious paper bags, the perfume of grilled offal,
troughlike cartons of cola,
a gorgon luxury of electronics, backward caps,
bulbous clothing, easy hearts

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

lines of visitors are fingerprinted,
eye-­scanned, grow murderous,
then there’s the business of thoughts
who can glean with any certainty,
the guards, blued and leathered, multiply
to stop them,
palimpsests of old borders, the sea’s graph on the skin,
the dead giveaway of tongues,
soon, soon, the implants to discern lies

from the way a body moves

there’s that already

she felt ill, wanted
to murder the six boys, the guards,
the dreamless shipwrecked
burning their beautiful eyes in the patient queue

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Let’s go to the republic of home,
let’s forget all this then, this victorious procession,
these blenching queues,
this timeless march of nails in shoeless feet

what people will take and give,
the passive lines, the passive guards,
if passivity can be inchoate self-­loathing

all around, and creeping

self-­righteous, let’s say it, fascism,
how else to say, border,
and the militant consumption of everything,
the encampment of the airport, the eagerness
to be all the same, to mince biographies
to some exact phrases, some
exact and toxic genealogy

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In Brand’s long-poem lamentation, the reader is forced to bear witness to the unrelenting tragedies of our time. Haunting, uncomfortable and deliberate, the language is incredibly beautiful and lush, almost hypnotising in sound and rhythm. This is poetry that grabs you by the shoulders and shakes you awake, forcing the reader to observe and acknowledge our frantic, horrifying world.
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The Love Song of Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Love Song of Laura Ingalls Wilder

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2008 Winner of the Acorn-Plantos Award for People's Poetry

The Love Song of Laura Ingalls Wilder is an unusual collection of poems that combines craft, innovation, humour and down-to-earth insight in a focused and riveting read that will charm poetry buffs of every stripe.

The poems in The Love Song of Laura Ingalls Wilder subversively and imaginatively inhabit the voices of characters from Wilder's famous Little House books--human and non-human, animate and inanimate--but launch them in new direc …

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What It Feels Like for a Girl

What It Feels Like for a Girl

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A book-length poem that explores the complex and intense friendship between two young teenage girls, revolving around Madonna, pornography, intimacy, and sexual exploration. It is an honest portrayal of a relationship that many women have had, either physically or emotionally, but rarely explored through art that isn’t for heterosexual men’s titillation. Harper deftly navigates the light through the dark and has created a book all teenagers, and all parents of teenagers, should read.
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Pigeon

Pigeon

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Solie captures the uneasy spaces between the urban and the rural, between nature and machine, and the uncertainty they evoke. She has a sly eye for details and in both her long prose poem “Archive” and the lyric poem “Migration”, she explores fear, loss, and the navigation of space. It is not fashionable to find comfort in poetry, but I have turned to both of these for comfort more than once when faced with news of death and illness.
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Glossolalia

Glossolalia

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Why it's on the list ...
Marita Dachsel's Glossolalia is released this week. Glossolalia is an unflinching exploration of sisterhood, motherhood, and sexuality as told in a series of poetic monologues spoken by the thirty-four polygamous wives of Joseph Smith, founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In Marita Dachsel's second full-length collection, the self-avowed agnostic feminist uses mid-nineteenth century Mormon America as a microcosm for the universal emotions of love, jealousy, loneliness, pride, despair, and passion. Glossolalia is an extraordinary, often funny, and deeply human examination of what it means to be a wife and a woman through the lens of religion and history.
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