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Mapping Out a Life: Beth Kope’s Atlas of Roots

Beth Kope’s Atlas of Roots is a collection of poems that will make readers consider their own “origin story” about how they came to be who they are now. Hers is a poetry that asks questions to find answers, with the voice of the poet trying to decipher who she was—and is—as an adopted child. Unique in its scope, Atlas of Roots maps out a life, from childhood to adulthood, as Kope searches for her own history.

Walking Into A Still Life Painting: A Tent, A Lantern, An Empty Bowl by M. Travis Lane

You’ll notice, as you begin reading M. Travis Lane’s seventeenth book of poems, that she is a “seer” in perhaps the truest sense of the word. She sees what is in front of her, physically, but she also sees what was there, in the past, and suggests what might be, in the future. Hers is a poetry of observation, of taking great care, and of minding and recording the small things that are really of the greatest importance in life. Here is a collection that makes you think of your own connection with the natural world, with others, with your memory, and with your loves.

A poetic love letter to Ottawa: A halt, which is empty by rob mclennan

This beautiful book of poems is rooted in the history of Ottawa, but opens itself into so much more as you read through it. mclennan, a prolific writer, reviewer, and publisher of poetry, lives and works there. The epigraph to the first section, from Sarah Mangold’s “An Antenna Called the Body”, sets the tone, suggesting that we need to realize that we all should begin at a place of “not knowing.” From there, we can reconstruct our own meanings, histories, and personal stories.