The Risks of Remembrance

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The Risks of Remembrance

Published 2010 - by Words Indeed, Toronto

Writer, poet and sculptor Ann Elizabeth Carson asks: What is remembrance and what does it mean? in her third book and second collection of poetry, The Risks of Remembrance, (Words Indeed, Toronto).

Carson’s subtle, accessible poems risk “one fierce question at a time” as she excavates the “layered mulch of memory.” In perceptive and detailed imagery she unfolds how we create mythologies of our lives in “life’s long fact-fiction dance.” Carson observes how we create composites of memories that shape and re-shape us: the changing meanings we take from memories mould how we see and interact with life. “Some pasts never get older/And there are some to which we can never return.”

Carson’s poetry presents images that untangle the skeins of life and offer the possibility of transforming travail into songs of celebration. Sustained by the comfort offered by the creatures of the air and of the water, the “thin humming ache” of sorrow is eased, “voices sing in the winds” and long sought-after peace spills onto the page.

Carson’s new work presents images that untangle the skeins of life and offer the possibility of transforming travail into songs of celebration. Sustained by the comfort offered by the creatures of the air and of the water, the “thin humming ache” of sorrow is eased, “voices sing in the winds” and long sought-after peace spills onto the page.

Fay Becks, award winning Manitoulin Island poet writes:
“Your book is a lovely publication, both inside and out. I am fascinated by how you manage to encase the reoccurring dread of grief and loss in such a cozy, almost reassuring way, like a shot of whiskey for courage, in a warm cup of tea. The details in your poems show us how to focus on the present. They shine light for those of us who recognize that we will all experience similar wounds and unravellings, if we haven’t already.”

One of the poems in The Risks of Remembrance, “Morning is Always Young” is in Celebrating Poets Over 70, an anthology published jointly by the Tower Poetry Society, and the McMaster Centre for Gerontological Studies, Hamilton, Ontario (2010).

For review copies: John Parry, wordsindeed@rogers.com or 416 964 0802.