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

 

 

Mesmerizing lamentations

September 23rd, 2022

Victoria writer, poet and environmentalist Maleea Acker heeded the advice of an elder poet who told her that activities like walks in the woods, meditating on brackish pools, wondering streets – just getting out and taking it all in — was better research than chaining herself to a desk. In her third collection of poems Hesitating Once to Feel Glory (Nightwood $19.95) Acker writes of going to buy Tacos in Mexico, watching a waiter hand-feed pelicans with broken wings, cypresses bending in the wind, remembering a teacher with a doll collection, sex and love, and memory and melancholy. “Acker summons a sad, mysterious music,” says fellow poet Jan Zwicky of these new poems. “A book of mesmerizing lamentations, at once precise and surreal.” 9780889714144

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