Fertig’s new poems

“Poet, publisher and long-time supporter of the writing community, Salt Spring Island-based Mona Fertig (left) has released her first collection of poems in 14 years.” FULL STORY


Mind the thorns

November 09th, 2022

“This late in our lives, we know enough to be grateful,” writes Evelyn Lau in Cactus Gardens (Anvil $18), her ninth book of poetry. Divided into four sections, part one is a reflection of middle-aged life and enjoying the fruits of one’s work. There are lunches with friends on penthouse terraces with “potted palms, purple mountain range / pleasure boats in the distant harbour.” There’s also a half life of pain to contend with including an estranged father, friends dying, a pandemic and social distancing, and in the fourth and final part, the story of Lau’s relationship when she was 24 with a much older, famous writer. The writer leaves her to return to his wife and Lau ends with this reflection on herself and the affair: “Twenty years after the desert winter / you are middle-aged, and he is dead.” 9781772141948

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