Another reader’s passion can be contagious.
Unhook your mask and breathe in deeply.
Naomi’s dedication to reading writers from Atlantic Canada ignited my curiosity.
(Check out her project here, along with pages dedicated to the Halifax Explosion and regional literary awards on Consumed by Ink.)
When I checked my reading log for 2019, I realized that only 10% of the Canadian writers I read were Atlantic Canadian writers. Let’s say you’re just thinking in terms of north, south, east and west—to divvy things up roughly, you’d think that a quarter of one’s CanLit reading would come from the east. (In other years, my math might have been different; I’ve been trying to explore Québécois writers.)
Here are some of my recent Atlantic Canadian reads:
Borrowed Beauty is the first collection of poetry by Maxine Tynes, published by Pottersfield Press in 1987.
Often writing in response to people and events which moved her, poems like “Speaking Our Peace” (inspired by the film of the same name) directly acknowledge the debt she feels to other women who have challenged the status quo.
Women like “Marian Dewar / Muriel Duckworth / Bonnie Klein / Terri Nash / Dr. Ursula Franklin / Rosalie Bertell / Kathleen Wallace-Deering / Darlene Keju / Solanges Vincent / Margaret Laurence”. And, also, “all of us / women / and, men and women / and children / speaking our peace”.