April 10| 5.5 x 8.5 | 112 pp | 978-1-926655-09-3
in the Inkwell: poems from a writer's life
by Winona Baker
You should write
only when, each time you dip your quill
in the inkwell, you leave in it a piece of flesh.
Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy
Baker shares her
internal and external life over eight decades with grace, charm and
more than a little self-deprecation.
Niosi, writing in the Times-Colonist.
Winona Baker published her first poem when
she was eleven years old. During a writing career that has spanned a
lifetime, her poems have been published all over the world and translated
into six languages; she has also received many international honours
and awards. Flesh in the Inkwell is her autobiography in verse.
Baker: "The book's poems detail what it was like
for me, a child growing up in the '29 depression. How sometimes when
poverty enters the door, love flies out the window."
Her fascination with words and writing started
very early: "On the farm we all went to the crossroads where every
two weeks everyone gathered early to gossip, even the children. We waited
for a van with drop-down sides to pull up. Stacked behind them was a
selection of books.
"Heavenly! We could take two out every two weeks. It doesn't sound
like many for a budding bibliophile but in a big family that was quite
a number. No TV then, but we had a radio, if the batteries weren't dead."
It would benefit anyones immune system
to dip into this book
subtlety, mystery, typical human blundering
and humour as well as beauty ... Christine Lowther, from a review
of Bakers previous book Even A Stone Breathes.
About the Author:
Born on March 18, 1924, in
Southey, Saskatchewan, into a large family, Winona Louise Baker moved
to B.C. in 1930. Living in Nanaimo, she raised four children with her
husband Art. A Haiku specialist, she received the top global prize in
a 1989 World Haiku Contest in honour of Matsuo Bashos 300th anniversary.
After self-publishing with Red Cedar Press, she released Moss-Hung Trees
with Gabriolas Reflections Press. It takes its title from her
prize-winning haiku. Her other books include Beyond the Lighthouse (Oolichan,
1992) and Even a Stone Breathes (Oolichan, 2000).
In 1994 the Romanian Haiku Society gave her a Commemorative
Medal and in 1997 an Award of Excellence for her paper presented at
a Symposium on Basho in Bucharest. The Croatian Haiku Association also
presented her with an award in 1997.
Winona Bakers work is in more than seventy anthologies
in North America, New Zealand, Japan and Europe, including The Haiku
World: An International Poetry Almanac (Kodanshu International 97: 621
poets from 52 countries writing in 25 languages), and has been translated
into Japanese, French, Greek, Croatian, Romanian, Yugoslavian. She has
haiku in The Book of Hope, an international anthology published to raise
funds for children in Afghanistan. Her work is archived in the Haiku
Museum, Tokyo; the Basho Museum, Yamagata; the American Haiku Archives
in California, and the Haiku Collection in the Fraser-Hickson Library
Cover Image is by Catherine Heard, Untitled,
© CARCC, 2010.
Catherine Heard is represented by Edward Day Gallery
in Toronto: www.edwarddaygallery.com
Author's photo is by Helen Baker.