The hunt over; the kill complete / limping towards perfection, padding / about the room, thorns in her thumbs / Hermes crawling on all fours – / That was the last I saw of Hilda. What is it to remember a life, to relive it, to mythologize it? Things that were said or not said haunt us for a lifetime. In Translating Air Kath MacLean imagines conversations between the modernist poet H.D. and Sigmund Freud during the poet’s sessions with him in 1933 to 1934 and the dialogues that continued long afterwards in H.D.’s own mind. Shadowed by uncertainty and memory lapses or blinded by flashes of profound truth, readers are transported to a world of myth, continuity, and human connection. H.D.’s palimpsest account of herself as girl and woman, writer and Imagist, and psychic and spiritualist is engaging and elastic as it pulls readers into a space where time is both endless and sure. Questioning her sanity and a world gone mad with war, H.D.’s personal accounts help us un- derstand what it means to love deeply, to feel passionately, and to think be- yond the limits of our individual consciousness. MacLean demystifies and humanizes one of the most misunderstood mod- ernist writers in this stunning collection. Translating Air takes us on a remark- able journey into the known and unknown and allows readers to experience one remarkable woman’s struggle to get it right, to live life with dignity, hope, wisdom, and the courage to have no regrets. Kath MacLean is a multi-media artist and author of two books of poetry, For a Cappuccino on Bloor and Kat among the Tigers. She lives in Toronto. A whistling through teeth. / He shuts his eyes but still sees / the red glow of exit signs. Harold Hoefle’s The Night Chorus rises out of places like forests and country roads, bars and buses, suburbs, and small towns and cities. These locales become the haunts for outsiders, whose voices include the traveller, farmer, soldier, drug addict, athlete, refugee, and the murdered. In the tradition of songwriters like Gordon Lightfoot and Gord Downie and poets such as Al Purdy, Karen Solie, and David O’Meara, The Night Chorus presents so-called “obscure” lives, where dark and playful humour collides with historic and mythic characters such as Ovid and Dante, Odysseus and Desdemona. Using lyric poetry and the ghazal, the prose poem and the elegy, The Night Chorus considers the flight of youth from towns to cities, domestic violence, the refugee crisis, and the impact of terrorism on modern life. Bookended by a sequence of lyrics inspired by cross-country road trips, Hoefle references iconic places like Black Dog Road and Seldom Seen and peoples the landscape with fictional inhabitants and imagined lives. “‘Intensify’ is the Rilkean injunction that Harold Hoefle both declares and practises in this propulsive first collection of poems. I admire equally the energy of his lines and the range of his sympathies.” Steven Heighton, 2016 Governor General’s Poetry Award winner for The Waking Comes Late Harold Hoefle teaches English and creative writing at John Abbott College. 1 0 M Q U P F A L L 2 0 1 8 S P E C I F I C AT I O N S N$aZQdx$ZPo1’appopZG0arsfZ6asta. September 2018 -i2l9lii87l7S7hlhZZu,hn-7NZbmU4Zu,hn-7NZA64Zg,cn--ZZ3o3as 7ZBZin7ZZ,c933ZZ a:00£ZoDot5oT5a Translating Air Sessions with Freud kath maclean A dreamy yet haunting account of H.D.’s imagined conversations with Sigmund Freud during her sessions with him in the 1930s. P O E T R Y S P E C I F I C AT I O N S N$aZQdx$ZPo1’appopZG0arsfZ6asta. September 2018 -i2l9lii87l7S-clSZZu,hn-7NZbmU4Zu,hn-7NZA64Zg,cn--ZZ3o3as 7ZBZin7ZZ2233ZZ a:00£ZoDot5oT5a The Night Chorus harold hoefle Poems that give voice and agency to marginal figures in rural places and cityscapes. P O E T R Y
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