Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve. Carol Shields Republic of Love

Where (BW)

“Geography and place are extremely important to me. And how we tell the stories of our lives, how we chart our way through life, is important. Those two things are really connected for me.”
ARC Magazine Interview

“Bronwen spent all but eight years of her life in Kingston. Her mother’s family was United Empire Loyalist; her father’s had lived on the same farm for almost two hundred years. With that background, she found southeastern Ontario – the towns, the great lake, the rolling farmland – a geography of stories, from which she drew hungrily. She once referred to these stories as ‘what I have to call a country’.”
Dennis Lee

“It’s the rocks because I see the rocks as the major configuration of the landscape, and the farms are just sort of these lucky little deposits that made it, somehow.”
Morningside Interview 1986

“I suppose I’m doing the same thing that my great-great-great-great grandmother did: well, this is where I am, this is what I come to terms with. And not seeing that as a limitation that inhibits me, but as a limitation that enlarges me in some way.”
Morningside Interview 1986

“Me, I keep on living here, without meaning to.
Friends ask me why, I say light,
I say lake, I say cost of housing,
but it doesn’t add up and most of them know it.”
“Place of Origin”, Common Magic

“And to some extent, that’s what those poems are about: suddenly realizing that I’ve been looking at this landscape all along, but not really seeing it. Or not really seeing what I am in relation to it.”
Morningside Interview 1983


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