Poetry. Women's Studies. LEAVE–TAKING moves through stages of grief—the reckoning, the remembering, the rituals—after the sudden death of a spouse. The poems trace reflections on a long marriage, and what it is like to be left behind. The poems travel from Haida Gwaii on the west coast of Canada, across the mountains and into the prairie city of Winnipeg, to the beaches of Cape Cod; however, they stop often to rest in the quiet spaces found inside Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto. Through these interspersed cemetery poems and epitaphs—mini–stories in stone—grief unfolds from many perspectives: praise and lament, love and disenchantment, hope and pain, faith and doubt. Above all, LEAVE–TAKING is a tender love elegy; one that connects with anyone who has experienced deep loss.
Marilyn Potter is an award-winning poet and writer living in Toronto. Her poems have appeared in both Canadian and international literary journals and anthologies, been translated into Japanese, and carved into stone in Vancouver's Van Dusen Garden. LEAVE–TAKING is her first poetry collection.Author City: Toronto, ON CAN