Paperback / softback
March 5, 2021
9781772125474
English
96
9.00 Inches (US)
5.25 Inches (US)
0.24 Inches (US)
.3 Pounds (US)
$19.99 USD
v2.1 Reference

Deriving

Deriving is a feminist exploration of the creation of life, of family, and of words themselves. Delisle asks: How does past infertility colour the experience of new motherhood? How do historical voices echo in the present? How does language impact our ways of being in the world? These poems embrace the rich material of mothering with unapologetic honesty, confronting the experiences that some would keep hidden. Fear, anger, envy mix with joy and ultimately hope, as Delisle considers the challenges of conceiving and raising children in both familial and global contexts. Deriving is a poignant, lyrical meditation on longing, place, and embodiment.

I watched it freeze up,

rafts of white snagging beneath the bridge,

frazil ice,

pans linked along the shoreline.

Inside me my son was building

white fat on bone.

- from "North Saskatchewan"

About the Author

Jennifer Bowering Delisle is the author of the lyric family memoir, The Bosun Chair, and a book of literary studies, The Newfoundland Diaspora. Her poetry and prose have been published in magazines and anthologies across North America. She is a settler living in Treaty 6 territory (Edmonton).

Endorsements

"Deriving is a masterfully crafted collection that is both prescient and relevant. Delisle traverses time, language, geography, and topography and deftly synthesizes the ethereal and the concrete with poems that 'sound the shape of a thousand leaves.' Delisle's lens zooms in and out from the internal workings of motherhood, family, and love, even as it brings into focus etymology, biology, climate change, and politics. Above all, this collection is a magical exploration of language's perfection and elusiveness. Here is a voice that enlightens, surprises, and stirs. Deriving is rich—its breadth and depth compel the reader to experience poetry that, at its core, is about 'finding words/for everything I'll never understand.'"—Wendy McGrath, poet and author

9781772125474 : deriving-delisle
Paperback / softback
96 Pages
$19.99 USD

Other Titles by Jennifer Bowering Delisle

Inhabiting Memory in Canadian Literature / Habiter la mémoire dans la littérature canadienne

edited by Benjamin Authers, Maïté Snauwaert, Daniel Laforest, with contributions byAlbert Braz, Jennifer Bowering Delisle, Lise Gaboury-Diallo, Smaro Kamboureli, Janne Korkka, André Lamontagne, Margaret Mackey, Pamela Sing, Erin Wunker
Nov 2017 - The University of Alberta Press, an imprint of University of Alberta Press
$54.99 USD - Paperback / softback

Ten Canadian Writers in Context

edited by Marie Carrière, Curtis Gillespie, Jason Purcell, with contributions byLynn Coady, Ying Chen, Michael Crummey, Jennifer Bowering Delisle, Kit Dobson, Caterina Edwards, Marina Endicott, Lawrence Hill, Daniel Laforest, Alice Majo...
Jun 2016 - The University of Alberta Press, an imprint of University of Alberta Press
$24.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Narratives of Citizenship

edited by Aloys N.M. Fleischmann, Nancy Van Styvendale, Cody McCarroll, with contributions byDavid Chariandy, Lily Cho, Daniel Coleman, Jennifer Bowering Delisle, Sydney Iaukea, Marco Katz, Lindy Ledohowski, Carmen Robertson, Laura Sche...
Jul 2011 - The University of Alberta Press, an imprint of University of Alberta Press
$43.99 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles from Robert Kroetsch Series

You Look Good for Your Age

edited by Rona Altrows
May 2021 - The University of Alberta Press, an imprint of University of Alberta Press
$26.99 USD - Paperback / softback

The Bad Wife

Micheline Maylor
Mar 2021 - The University of Alberta Press, an imprint of University of Alberta Press
$19.99 USD - Paperback / softback

Gospel Drunk

Aidan Chafe
Mar 2021 - The University of Alberta Press, an imprint of University of Alberta Press
$19.99 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles in POETRY / Canadian

Apostrophes VII

E.D. Blodgett
Apr 2011 - The University of Alberta Press, an imprint of University of Alberta Press
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Demeter Goes Skydiving

Susan McCaslin
Mar 2011 - The University of Alberta Press, an imprint of University of Alberta Press
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Kat Among the Tigers

Kath MacLean
Feb 2011 - The University of Alberta Press, an imprint of University of Alberta Press
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback