Donna Allard by Brian Stevens
Nat Hall by Jen Hadfield
From Shore to Shoormal / D’un rivage à l’autre
Poems in English, French, & Shetland dialect /
Poèmes en mirroirs—anglais–français–dialecte shetlandais
Donna Allard & Nat Hall
8.5” x 5.5” tpb, 71 pp
BJPs ISBN 978-1-55391-111-1
$16 CDN, $17 USD, £10
co-publisher: BS Poetry Society
"The poems themselves are wonderful—a reminder of poetry as playing with words, piling image on image [...] at times lively, playful, in other moods evocative and moving. [...] Not to be missed by anyone who enjoys words."—Marsali Taylor, Shetland Times
"This unusual poetry book [...] is a celebration of connections and duality [...] The poems reflect life on opposite coasts of the Atlantic: shorelines, nature, people, relationships."—Laureen Johnson, The New Shetlander
Two voices celebrate their Atlantic connection.
Whilst Donna Allard writes on the coastal fringe in New Brunswick, Canada, Nat Hall walks and writes by her shoormal, somewhere on the 60th parallel in her windswept Shetland Islands, Scotland’s most northerly archipelago. “Shore”, as described by J. L. Leprohon in her “Sea Shore Musings” poem, is the Creator’s power—in her own Canadian home, “Mysterious, moaning main,/ in dreams I’ll see thy snow-white foam”. It’s described by Chile’s bard Pablo Neruda in “No me hagan caso / Forget about Me”, as a place where the sea washes, throws up crab claws and skulls of many kinds …
“Shoormal”, as defined by Robert Alan Jamieson in his Shoormal, A Sequence of Movements (Polygon, 1986): “In Shetland, da shoormal is the shallows on a beach; the space between the tides where the moon weighs the density of the ocean …” that area where sand shifts.
From Shore to Shoormal is a journey between Acadia’s Shediac Bay and Shetland’s Ninian Sands—a celebration of the poets’ shared North Atlantic.
Donna Allard: “acadianrose”—Acadian-born, New Brunswick-based barefoot gardener, pirate poet, and peacemaker. She became inspired by poet Milton Acorn, and poet–editor Libby Oughton. Her mentor was poet–activist Valerie LaPointe.
Nat Hall: “nordicblackbird”—Norman-born, Shetland-based poet and visual artist, world intellectual nomad, who lives and writes on 60° North. nordicblackbird.wordpress.com/. Listen to Nat Hall read some of her poems: https://soundcloud.com/nordicblackbird
10 May 2013, 7 pm. Donna Allard, WFNB's WordsSpring 2013 @ Shadow Lawn Inn, Rothesay, NB.
16 May, 2013, 2 pm. Joe Blades read a Nat Hall poem from book in FIP Palabra en el Mundo / Word in the Word, Pointe Sainte-Anne Pedway, Fredericton, NB. A World Poetry Movement event.
18 & 19 May 2013. Nat Hall @ the Boat Show, Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland.
20 July 2013. Mosaiq Multiculturel Festival Multiculturel, Moncton, NB.
—20 July, 8 am - 1:00 pm. Reading & book signing—Donna Allard @ Dieppe Market.
1 September 2013, 12:30-1:30 pm. Nat Hall & friends: Wordplay, Shetland's book festival, venue: Screen 2, Mareel, in Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland.
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