Light Years by Sandra Dunn
Light Years holds the sound, feel and shape of my voice that has evolved over many years. Do you remember the first time your voice was played back to you? I cringed. I had an accent I didn’t know was there. It was harsh to my ears; nasal, flat. I have discovered another voice, my inner one. It is softer, introspective, much more reflective of me. I want to share the words of that inner voice with whoever will listen or read. Now it sounds exciting, playful, rich in texture. Sometimes it is shaped like circle destined to flow from beginning to end. Sometimes it goes out in waves, rising and falling, turbulent. My voice likes to play hide and seek. When it hides it really covers itself up. When I find it again I rejoice and let it consume the page.
A Hundred Poems About Flowers – The first twenty-five
by Robyn Marie Butt
With her debut book of verse, A Hundred Poems About Flowers: the first twenty-five, Robyn Marie Butt turns her powerful lyric gaze on the so-called “humble” matter of flowers numerous. While flowers have real sensuous value as living things, yet hold many symbolic meanings for humans, a writer could go in plenty of directions considering them. And this is the generous tack that Butt takes. These poems are luscious in detail yet mostly delivered in a colloquial voice. They are wise and smart. They are sometimes sad and frequently witty. These are poems of a numinous spirituality. With twenty-five full colour illustrations. A frequent national poetry competition award winner, Robyn Marie Butt’s audio dramas have won honours & awards both nationally and internationally. As author, culture critic and creative essayist her work has appeared in many magazines, earning National Magazine Award and Journey Prize nominations.
Includes an accompanying CD with Robyn Marie Butt reading the poems in the collection.
A Hundred Poems About Flowers – the next twenty-five by Robyn Marie Butt
Boularderie Island Press
A richly sensuous second volume in Robyn Marie Butt’s four-installment collaboration with Ontario painters.
With The Next Twenty-five, Butt’s poems reflect two groups of flowers: common English garden blooms, and lesser known, often hidden, wildflowers increasingly endangered by corporate agriculture and suburban sprawl. Lyrical, thoughtful, and frequently witty, and infused with a numinous spirituality, her work lifts a colloquial voice honed in rural Southwestern Ontario to celebrate our human relationships with blossom. The accompanying audio cd reveals why Butt’s public readings often move her audiences to tears.
A frequent national poetry competition award winner, Robyn Marie Butt’s audio dramas have won honours & awards both nationally and internationally. As author, culture critic and creative essayist her work has appeared in many magazines, earning National Magazine Award and Journey Prize nominations. Butt’s earlier story collection, Seasons of Ordinary Time, received glowing reviews. She is also a professional psychic counsellor and public lecturer.
- Includes an accompanying CD with Robyn Marie Butt reading the poems in the collection.