Turnstone Books, 2016
In Never Mind, Katherine Lawrence constructs a centuries-old immigrant tale that is fiercely feminist, surprisingly modern and darkly funny. The voice in these exquisite poems is a 19th century woman who straddles both old and new worlds as she navigates her own interior landscape. Observations are wry, intimate, and shot with musicality.
This muscular collection pays tribute to the long poem while extending the tradition with fragments from letters, diary entries, sketches, dialogue, and an ongoing communion with the natural world. Each poem cycles to the next; each is an echo of the past and a call to the future. Imagination is the final shelter.
“Who knocks?” asks Wife in Never Mind. “Maple leaves reddened with gossip — Come in.”
Selected Praise for Never Mind
Comments from 2015 John V. Hicks Long Manuscript Award (1st Place)
Judges comments from City of Regina Writing Award, 2014 (1st Place)