by Karen Davidson
Release: May 2006
All rights available
Poetry (BISAC POE011000)
86 pp, 5.5 x 8.5, trade paperback
Jewelweed reflects the poet’s experiences of home in two distinct geographical areas of Canada: the Prairies and the Maritimes. Here are stories of family and place that would otherwise be lost, if it were not for the observant child who was often seen but not heard, the mopey teenager writing in her diary, or the gardener who has glanced up from her work and tried to express the wonder that is every day.
An alumni of the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Maritime Writers’ Workshop, Karen Davidson has been quietly writing and publishing her work in periodicals from Grain and The Pottersfield Portfolio to Border Crossings, The Fiddlehead and The New Brunswick Reader. Davidson lives in Elgin, NB. The author of a poetry chapbook, Windows, Davidson’s long-awaited first book is Jewelweed.
from “Jewelweed, Also Known As Touch-Me-Not”
This valley, our home for the past eight years, lies between
mountains cloaked in the green mist of Acadian forest. The
Kennebecasis River flows through, spilling its mountain runoff
every spring and sometimes, again in fall when hurricanes are
unleashed over the Atlantic, and we bow under their aftermath
of driving rain. Then the brown waters surge over gardens such
as ours lifting fallen apples, tearing pumpkins off their vines
and delivering them God-knows-where. Goldenrod and asters
sway in the torrent and disappear. The ferns have long since
waved goodbye. And the jewelweed? By the time the floodwater
has risen to the level of hawthorns and chokecherries beside the
garden (the crest where the jewelweed shines in late summer),
its speckled orange-gold jewels have become sprung seedpods.
Whoosh! The flotsam of memory.
• launch readings at Festival littéraire international Northrop Frye International Literary Festival, Moncton, NB, 26-30 April 2006
• author tour (Sussex, NB; Fredericton, NB; Halifax, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Camrose . . .
26 April 2006, Wednesday: Harrison Trimble High School, 80 Echo Dr, Moncton, NB.
27 April 2006, Thursday, 12 noon to 1:30 pm: Lunch and Lyrics w/ Jeffery Donaldson, Patrick Chamoiseau, Karen Davidson and Huguette Bourgeois. Northrop Frye International Literary Festival @ Château à Pape, 2 Steadman St, Moncton, NB.
28 April 2006, Friday: Uplands School, 387 Salisbury Rd, Moncton, NB.
29 April 2006, Saturday, 4:30-6:30 pm: Karen Davidson launching Jewelweed + book and magazine launches by Monique Ilboudo, Louis Hamelin, Rose Després (Revue acadienne de création littéraire Ancrages), and George Elliott Clarke. Northrop Frye International Literary Festival @ Moncton City Hall, 655 Main St.
24 July 2006, Monday, 8 pm: McNally Robinson, Grant Park, Winnipeg, MB.
27 July 2006, Thursday, 7 pm: Stonewall Public Library, Main St, Stonewall, MB.
12 Aug 2006, Saturday, 1:30 pm: Experience Elgin, Women's Institute Hall, Elgin, NB.
18 January 2007, Thursday, 8 pm: Attic Owl Bookshop, 115 Queen St, Moncton, NB
20 April 2007, Friday, 4 pm, WFNB @ Sue Lawrence Spa & Gallery, 550 Queen St, Fredericton, NB
© copyright Joe Blades/Broken Jaw Press Inc. 2006.