Writing a Ukrainian saga at this time

“Diana Stevan (left) tells how the onset of the war waged in Ukraine by Russia coincided with the completion of her Ukrainian family saga and brought her closer to her ancestors.FULL STORY

 

 

Patriarchy, families and identity

January 25th, 2022

Salt Spring Island’s Carlie Blume is set to release her debut collection of poetry, Gigglepuss (Guernica $20) due out in April that explores toxic families, the fear of ancestral mental illness and bygone relationships. Themes include patriarchy, sexual abuse, lost love, motherhood and pop culture. Throughout it all, Blume lurches toward self-awareness with irony and at times, absurdity. She always upholds the need for human connection and self-identity. Blume graduated from SFU’s The Writer’s Studio in 2017 and her work has appeared in The Maynard, Train: a poetry journal, Ghost City Review and other journals. 978-1771837002

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