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Sheela-na-Gig § Travelling in Place
Blood Memory, Neile Graham's third book of poetry, is a cycle of dramatic monologues and lyrics that celebrates women's stories. Many of these poems imagine women from the past: a tinker, a crofter, a Viking wife. Other poems recount contemporary tales: a woman on her deathbed assessing her life, a middle-aged woman hungry for youth, a young woman just testing the world. These voices create a composite portrait of how the stories we tell about the natural and human world affect our lives and our perceptions of ourselves; they show us what we have in common and what divides us from ourselves, those we love, those we hate. Blood Memory reveals an ancient, ageless psyche discovering herself, exploring the world, and learning to meet that world part way, envisioning how landscape, folklore, circumstance, and memory shape what it means to be human.
Selected comments from reviews are available on my comments page.
It is available at chapters.ca, amazon.com, and The League of Canadian Poets webstore (which also contains my comments about writing the book).
I personally have copies for sale for $12 U.S., and have recently signed up for PayPal for people who prefer to pay online rather than send a check (PayPal offers you a $5 credit just for joining, so if you're signing up now to buy my book, you'll end by only paying out $7). If you do want to mail me a check, the address to send to is: Neile Graham, P.O. Box 30187, Seattle, WA 98113-0187, U.S.A.
Blood Memory by Neile Graham. ISBN 1-894543-01-7. $14.95.
Published by BuschekBooks, P.O. Box 74053, 35 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1M 2H9, distributed in the U.S. and Canada by General Distribution Services.
Spells for Clear Vision was on the shortlist for the Pat Lowther Award for the best book of poetry by a Canadian woman published in 1994. It also collected some nice reviews, comments from which are available on my comments page.
Spells for Clear Vision is currently out of print.
Spells for Clear Vision by Neile Graham. ISBN 0-919626-74-2. $11.95.
Published by Brick Books, Box 20081, 431 Boler Road, London, Ontario, Canada N6K 4G6.
It didn't make a huge splash in the literary world, but it did collect some nice reviews. Selected comments from the reviews appear on my critic's comments page.
You can find the book at various bookstores across Canada and in Seattle. The University Bookstore keeps it in stock. Chapters.ca lists it. Amazon.com lists it, but it will take them a while to actually come up with a copy. You can order it at any bookstore that does special orders. The info you will need to give the bookstore is below. You can email me if you want to arrange to send me a check for a signed copy or simply send a check for $6.95 (list price, I will cover postage and handling) to me at Neile Graham, P.O. Box 30187, Seattle, WA 98113-0187, U.S.A. or use PayPal.
Seven Robins by Neile Graham. ISBN 0 920806 55 4. $6.95.
Published by Penumbra Press,1225 Potter Dr., Manotick, ON, CANADA K4M 1C9.
I call this my angry women collection because of the 10 poems included, 6 are dramatic monologues in the voices of women from various times and the other four are about similar women/experiences. Most of the poems in this chapbook are also in Blood Memory.
There are a few copies still available at Hawthorne Books in Victoria, B.C., and they can be ordered from Reference West, 2450 Central Avenue, Victoria, B.C., CANADA V8S 2S8. The University Bookstore has a couple of copies, or email me if you want to arrange to send me a check for a signed copy, or simply send a check for $10.00 (list price, I will cover postage and handling) to me at Neile Graham, P.O. Box 30187, Seattle, WA 98113-0187, U.S.A.
Sheela-Na-Gig by Neile Graham. ISBN 1 895362-80-6. $10.00
Published by Reference West, 2450 Central Avenue, Victoria, B.C., CANADA V8S 2S8, 250-598-0096.
These are very early poems from both of us. Almost all of my poems here appeared later in Seven Robins, though sometimes in a slightly different form.
Unfortunately, this chapbook is long out-of-print. I have two extra copies my parents unearthed when they moved a couple of years ago, so if anyone is desperate to have a copy write me.
Published by Saults and Pollard Limited in an edition of 200 copies. No ISBN.
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