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Arborophobia

Arborophobia, the latest collection by award-winning poet Nancy Holmes, is a poetic spiritual reckoning. Its elegies, litanies, and indictments concern wonder, guilt, and grief about the journey of human life and the state of the natural world. When a child attempts suicide and western North America burns and the creep of mortality closes in, is spiritual and emotional solace possible or even desirable? Answers abound in measured, texturally intimate, and often surprising ways. The title sequence, named for a word that means "hatred of trees," sassily blurs the boundaries between human beings and Ponderosa pines, reminding us how fragile our conceptual frameworks really are. Another sequence responds to Julian of Norwich's writing and call "to practise the art / of letting things happen." Saints' lives interlace with our quotidian experience, smudging connections between the spiritual and the earthly. Taking a hard look at what we have done to this beautiful planet and to those we love, Arborophobia is a companion for all who grapple with the problem of hope in times of crisis.

About the Author

Nancy Holmes is an award-winning poet and editor, and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan. She also collaborates on eco art projects both locally and internationally.

Reviews

Arborophobia, the latest collection by award-winning poet Nancy Holmes, is a poetic spiritual reckoning. Its elegies, litanies, and indictments concern wonder, guilt, and grief about the journey of human life and the state of the natural world.—49th Shelf, February 28, 2022

#8 on the Calgary Herald Non-fiction bestsellers list, May 2, 2022

Endorsements

"Nancy Holmes' fluent poetic language, her clear intelligence, her deep seriousness, her playfulness, her fierceness, her elegance—all are here. Arborophobia cannot be viewed as anything less than a necessary work, and like all superb books of poetry, it's a trove of imaginative insight, a collection to keep close at hand." Russell Thornton, author of Answer to Blue

"From aching poems on dementia to the stunning, layered, multi-voiced 'A Cloth in the Wind, or Being with Julian of Norwich,' Nancy Holmes carefully picks up sorrows and turns them, delicate, entrancing, in her hand. The voice crackles; everywhere in these poems is a mystical or metaphysical sensuality. Arborophobia is remarkable." Tim Lilburn, poet and essayist

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