We have here an issue of city experience explored in prose, poetry, and visual images. David Bergen treats us to a sneak preview from his new novel Leaving Tomorrow, set in Paris, and Patrick Friesen remembers his trip from Steinbach to Winnipeg, which is, to paraphrase poetry editor Di Brandt, “40 miles and 400 years away.”
Melanie Dennis Unrau, Happiness Threads: The Unborn Poems (Winnipeg: J. Gordon Shillingford, 2013). Paperback, 93 pages, $15.95.
“The materiality of the writer’s life cannot be exaggerated. If you like metaphysics, throw pots.” –Annie Dillard, The Writing Life
Who are you, my Lord, and who am I? The words famously uttered by St. Francis of Assisi filtered across my mind when I am hiking in the desert a short drive from my and my husband’s apartment in El Paso. Maybe I thought of them because I saw what I imagined the caves of Assisi looking like in the rock walls of the Franklin Mountains, or maybe I thought of them because in the desert we have our share of contemplatives, mystics, pilgrims and hermits living alongside exiles and immigrants.