Neile's books of poetry


Books

Blood Memory § Spells for Clear Vision § Seven Robins

Limited-Edition Chapbooks

Sheela-na-Gig § Travelling in Place


Blood Memory cover

Blood Memory

Blood Memory is my third full-length collection of poems, published by BuschekBooks in July 2000. The back blurb reads:
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.

Sample Poems from Blood Memory (all are at the Alsop Review site)

How to find copies

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.

Publication info

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 cover

Spells for Clear Vision

Spells for Clear Vision is my second full-length collection of poems, published by Brick Books in November 1994. The book is about my attempt to learn how to see and make sense of the world. It begins with poems about family and community and then moves outward into the larger world. It was a Staff Favorite at the University Bookstore in Seattle. The review there called it "a work of visionary brilliance." Check here for more comments.

Honours

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.

Sample Poems from Spells for Clear Vision

How to find copies

Spells for Clear Vision is currently out of print.

Publication info:

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.


Seven Robins cover

Seven Robins

Seven Robins was my first collection of poems, published by Penumbra Press in spring 1984 (though the copyright date says 1983). The book is about growing up in the Pacific Northwest and about relationships with other people, with nature, and with wonder. I wrote it a long time ago, and while I think Spells for Clear Vision is a stronger and more mature book, Seven Robins still has its own strengths and charms.

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.

Sample Poems from Seven Robins

How to find copies

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.

Publication info:

Seven Robins by Neile Graham. ISBN 0 920806 55 4. $6.95.

Published by Penumbra Press,1225 Potter Dr., Manotick, ON, CANADA K4M 1C9.


Sheela-Na-Gig

Sheela-Na-Gig is a 20-page chapbook of poems published in a limited edition of 150 copies by Reference West in February 1995.

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.

Sample Poems from Sheela-na-Gig

How to find copies

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.

Publication info

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.


Travelling in Place

Travelling in Place is a 24-page limited-edition chapbook I did in conjunction with Harold Rhenisch in 1980. My section is entitled Talismans; Harold's is The Millwheel.

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.

How to find copies

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.

Publication info

Published by Saults and Pollard Limited in an edition of 200 copies. No ISBN.


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