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

 

 

Answer to Blue

April 27th, 2022

D.H. Lawrence posed the question “Oh what in you can answer to this blueness?” and North Vancouver poet Russell Thornton replies with his recent collection of poems, Answer to Blue (Harbour $18.95). Thornton meanders through the past with family histories, memories of lost lovers, mythologies and biblical references, even questioning perception itself: “You, me, you, me, you, me, you me. / Whatever either of us sees is a lie.” But his elegies to past family members are poignant, like those to his “welfare witch mom” who let her children buy cheap junk food dinners while their friends had roast beef meals, yet Thornton remembers he and his brothers still “dined together like princes on Smitty’s burgers.” 9781550179675

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