Books: E. Alex Pierce

Aubade edited by E. Alex Pierce

ISBN: 978-1-926448-26-8

206 pages

Poetry and Prose from Nova Scotia writers 

$19.95

A singular anthology featuring the work of Nova Scotia poets and writers inspired by the aubade: originally a medieval dawn song expressing the regret of lovers parting at daybreak, the aubade is a poem type that has no fixed metrical form, thus allowing prose writers to adopt its elements—daybreak, parting, a watchman, a window, self-realization, loss and reconciliation—and re-form them into new expression. Through lyric and prose poetry, drama, short story, non-fiction and essay, Nova Scotia writers re-envision, in the words of Mi’kmaw poet shalan joudry, “the return of the Wabana’ki light”.
From Carol Bruneau’s lovers lost in confusion over “ship’s time” and Alexander MacLeod’s pair keeping watch in pre-dawn light at their baby’s hospital room, to Basma Kavanagh’s meditation on the “hour of first sight”, these bold writers have expanded and redefined this archetypal lyric.

E. Alex Pierce is the author of Vox Humana, published by Brick Books (2011), and of To float, to drown, to close up, to open – forthcoming from University of Alberta Press in Spring, 2019. Her work has been widely anthologized, notably in The Best Canadian Poetry in English (Tightrope, 2008), and published in literary journals in Canada and the US. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, NC, and for ten years taught creative writing (playwriting, poetry and poetics) at Cape Breton University. She is Senior Editor at Boularderie Island Press.

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Website cover Salt and Wild: Shelburne County Anthology
ISBN: 978-1-926448-43-5

206 pages
$19.95
Boularderie Island Press
Twenty-eight writers who know the landscapes, internal and external of Shelburne County, Nova Scotia, will rivet your attention with their fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and prose.

Today I held in my hand a tiny Storm Petrel chick…Its grey fluff radiated from two black eyes, (Jane Alexander); It was here, that moment, the dramatic entrance – everyone waiting…(Denise Reashore); The late summer air was cooling quickly and a mist had formed…(Rob Stork); She recalls distant choirs, a little red dory, (Virginia Boudreau); Sometimes I imagine the scene in reverse, the bits of stone flying up and fitting back together. (Darcy Rhyno); We talk, leaning into the feather-soft invitation of the invisible…(Jana Traff).
We are salt, we are wild. We write — and invite you to read.
E. Alex Pierce is the author of Vox Humana (Brick 2011), and of To float, to drown, to close up, to open (University of Alberta Press 2019). Her work has been widely anthologized, notably in Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope) and published in literary journals. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Warren Wilson College, NC, and for ten years taught creative writing at Cape Breton University.

Susan Hoover retired from Dawson College in Montreal in 2000 and moved to Shelburne Nova Scotia. She helped revive the Shelburne County Arts Council and joined a group working to transform a building on the waterfront. In 2003 The Osprey Arts Centre opened with Hoover as manager. She retired in 2012, remaining on the Board of Directors. Hoover is a playwright with over 15 plays produced at various theatres.

 

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