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The editor and several of the contributors are donating their proceeds toward counselling and support for cancer patients and their families.

Oct 2011|5.5 x 8.5|68 pp|978-1-926655-34-5|$16.95

The Bright Well

Contemporary Canadian
Poems about Facing Cancer

edited by Fiona Tinwei Lam


Marianne Bluger :: Lorna Crozier :: Susan Downe
Glen Downie :: Sandra Dunn :: Susan Elmslie
Michael Harris :: Maureen Hynes :: Luciano Iacobelli
Lois Lorimer :: Joanne Page :: Elise Partridge
Miranda Pearson :: Rachel Rose :: Mari-Lou Rowley
Anne Simpson :: Richard Sommer :: Betsy Struthers
Betsy Warland :: Sue Wheeler

Link: Rob Taylor interviews Fiona Tinwei Lam on his blog.

Link: Sheryl MacKay interviews Fiona Tinwei Lam, Elise Partridge, Miranda Pearson, and Betsy Warland: they share their stories and read from poems in The Bright Well.

MICHELE LANDSBERG: “The intensity of living through and perhaps surviving cancer and its treatments is so extreme – the dread, the streaming inner narrative, the moments of giddy joy at being still alive – is superbly captured by poetry. Here, in astonishing images and lucid shards of insight, Canada’s poets share the most intimate experiences of the disease we all fear. They give us words and pictures with which to snare the demon fear and celebrate the return of life. Reading these poems is to remember, recognize and ruefully greet those physical details and human frailties we cancer survivors share. It’s a strange relief, a remembrance, the release of tears and the return of rejoicing.”       

GABOR MATÉ M.D.: “More than a disease, cancer is a life event. The raw authenticity, visceral force and sheer beauty of the writing in this volume invite and compel us all to share that experience. The poets collected here lay bare their bodies and their souls, and such is their alchemy that their fear becomes our fear – just as their suffering, courage and triumph express our own.”

MOLLY PEACOCK: “When you wake up in the middle of the night and want an authentic voice in your ear, go to The Bright Well. What do we seek poetry for, if not to address our deepest lives, loves, and fears? The Bright Well, a slender book about the huge subject of cancer, responds with gusto, tenderness, trepidation, and the clear water of metaphor. These wonderful poems, subtle and thoughtful, have the advantage of paying a high price for their wisdom. Every page quenches our thirst for true feeling and real understanding.”

Fiona Tinwei Lam is a Scottish-born, Vancouver-based writer whose work has appeared in literary magazines across Canada as well as in over fifteen anthologies. Her book of poetry, Intimate Distances, was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award. Her latest collection of poetry is Enter the Chrysanthemum. Her work was included in The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2010.