25th Anniversary, April Retrospective: Halfling Spring Featured

As Kegedonce celebrates its 25th anniversary year, we look back at some of our most memorable and important publications.

April is National Poetry Month, and this month we're pleased to focus on Joanne Arnott's wonderful collection, Halfling Spring: an internet romance.

Published in 2013, Halfling Spring is poetry that tracks the transformative aspects of desire through updates or notes posted thrugh a variety of virtual and real landscapes. Vivid ink and soft charcoal sketches by award-winning artist-author Leo Yerxa interweave with Joanne Arnott's love poetry, accompanying and illuminating the work. Traditional stories, electronic metaphors, bird life and geographic observastions, literary and song references combine with dream imagery and conversational turns, tracking the early stages of a love affair. Wtih refreshing simplicity, this book presents these artists' reflections upon the complexities of the inner life, and the weathers and landscapes of love.

Joanne's first book of poetry won the Gerald Lampert award in 1992 and in 2017, Joanne was awarded the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Literary Arts. 

"Her word an intimate song, the reader is led by the heart, from the Pacific, to the Rideau, to the far northern sea. Yet her words are both delicate and compelling, and the flower is not only a fragile one; in chorus, 'a water lily is thriving,' and rooted below the reader, Arnott's words are a powerful medicine." Sharron Proulx-Turner, author of Where the Rivers Join, what the auntys say, and creole métisse of french canada, me.

From Halfling Spring:


i write his name, Alastair
then i put a comma beside his name


i see that the comma beside his name 
is like my hand on his shoulder, neck, face

i enjoy this
i write his name
i place my comma


 Find a wonderful review of Halfling Spring, by James MacKay,  here


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