On December 6th join acclaimed B.C. poets as they read from The Bright Well Contemporary Canadian Poems about Facing Cancer, Canada’s first collection of contemporary poems about facing the disease. Some of the authors in The Bright Well have won national and regional awards and critical acclaim for their work, some are up-and-coming published poets. All of them have had an intimate connection to cancer.
Fiona Tinwei Lam, editor and part of the Tides Canada community, notes:
“People turn again and again to poetry to mark those significant rites of passage in their lives, seeking solace, insight, and a sense of community during times of profound transition. Poetry may not necessarily offer all the answers or the wisdom that we might seek but it can witness, recognize and acknowledge the human dilemma, the human struggle.”
Lam gathered the moving and powerful poems in this collection, seeking work that best distilled an insider’s perspective on confronting cancer, and that also represented some of Canada’s strongest contemporary poets on the subject.
Gabor Maté, MD reviews the book: “More than a disease, cancer is a life event. The raw authenticity, visceral force and sheer beauty of the writing in this volume invite and compel us all to share that experience.”
Lam and several of the contributors are donating their proceeds toward counselling and support for cancer patients and their families.
For more details or to locate a copy please see the Leaf Press website or simply attend the event on Dec. 6!