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In her debut collection of poems, Birch Split Bark, Diane Guichon uses a quintessentially Canadian image -- a birch bark canoe -- to speak of those private waters that make us universally human. By writing in the first person of a father, a mother, a son and a daughter, she bridges age to gender, myth to memory and hatred to reconciliation. These poems are brave and brilliantly voiced and her descriptions are as haunting as a loon's concerto on a silent summer lake. Guichon's characters speak to the plurality of Canadian identity; in four distinct voices, Guichon pulls apart the myths that have created us and continue to dictate who we must be. Birch Split Bark proves that canoes will always write history upon their waters just as poets will write humanity upon the page.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780889712157
ISBN-10: 0889712158
Format: Paperback
(140mm x 200mm x 8mm)
Pages: 100
Imprint: Nightwood Editions
Publisher: Nightwood Editions
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Diane Guichon

Diane Guichon is an MA graduate of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Calgary.