Poetry. Women's Studies. FALLING BACKWARDS INTO MIRRORS is a book that merges poetry and memoir. At the same time, it is a collection grounded in the body—naked and spare, wounded and wonderful. Through vivid, sensual images that evoke feeling, the speaker embraces the naked architecture of her own flesh and bones. In moments of give and take, this healing journey echoes the kind of deep explorations once undertaken by Adrienne Rich and Sylvia Plath. After a fall from a boat, water, distortions of light, and the blur of close reflection inspire the speaker to question the consistency of her own surface. She is hamstrung, literally and figuratively. She can't stand unsupported. She can't walk. She can't sit. While supine for long stretches of time, her mirror becomes a vehicle for metaphor, for seeing, for reflecting, and refracting. FALLING BACKWARDS INTO MIRRORS begins with a sudden trauma and moves forward as the surface of the speaker's skin becomes like vellum, and landscape and love, family and community are grafted to hope.
Anne Sorbie was born in Paisley, Scotland and lives in Calgary. Her most recent book of poetry is FALLING BACKWARDS INTO MIRRORS (Inanna Publications, 2019). Her fiction, poetry, essays and book reviews have been published by The University of Alberta Press, Frontenac House, House of Blue Skies, and Thistledown Press, as well as by magazines and journals such as Alberta Views, Geist, and Other Voices and online with Brick Books, CBC Canada Writes, Geist, and Wax Poetry and Art. She has taught English and Creative Writing at Red Deer College and Mount Royal University and is a past editor of dANDelion Magazine.Author City: CALGARY, AB CAN