This evocative book binds the ancient past with the distant future – by reclaiming
the present. It is a recitation and a prayer of reconciliation, whether expressed in
radical chant filled with the optimism of healing or in the Celtic lament of a
Open Letter is a hymn that revisits the poet's adolescence with the extended tension of a Deirdre of the Sorrows. It is an incantation heard in the beat of a Bodhrán, Calling the Taliesin in, through which everything flows, from River to lyric Stone. But mostly it is a epistle to the world, to all those who have been harmed and seek a path to recovery.
Conceived out of improvisation, this collage of thresholds and crossings zeroes-in on the topic of violence against women, with wisdom and poignant insight. Prepare to be moved to action as Open Letter compares the desecration of the earth to the treatment of women.
Shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award