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Posts by Alice Petersen

Quiet Forest

Theresa Kishkan, poet, novelist, essayist and co-owner of Highground Press, has written a memoir based on trees she has known. The conceit is clever, and the result is a real sense of telling a life by fingering a grand rosary of tree species, recalling anything that goes. The book begins with a gesture to Dante’s dark wood, but Kishkan’s wood is of her own planting. In the Prelude, Kishkan asks whether she can write her life “by remembering the groves, imaginary or real, of my childhood, my girlhood, the painful years of young adulthood, of motherhood?”

The Panacea

A FEW WEEKS AGO, I was sitting in the emergency room of a Montreal hospital, waiting, as one does, and resisting the urge to cry.  There…