Beneath the surface commotion of a traditional life a woman strives to capture an immensity of being beyond her daily imaginings. The poems in this collection cluster around five waypoints an inland river might pass through on its journey to the sea—from the headwaters, to the riverbed, through the convulsions of cataracts and flood plains, to the fingers of the estuary reaching out into the sea.
“In the hands of a skillful poet, the ordinary is never the ordinary. Linda Cassidy’s life-long quest for being made new by the poem and making the poem new is a delightful read... The verve and vivacity of this poetic narrative makes you want to read this collection again and again.”
Betsy Warland. Author of Breathing the Page; Reading the Act of Writing. Former Program Director, The Writer’s Studio, Simon Fraser University.
"Linda Cassidy has done a wonderful job in her first collection of poetry. Her poems are intimate, conversational, accessible, and easily readable. Everyday objects and images become symbols and metaphors in her hands. ... Cassidy’s technique smoothly integrates language and theme. Using, for the most part, traditional lyrical styling, she takes the small everyday, and sometimes mundane actions that we do every day, and extrapolates these into emotional meditations.”
The Canadian Book Review; A Free-Form Review of Literature from the Great White North.
A fast-paced action mystery, The Long Revenge tells how the betrayal between these two estranged sisters festered over time until it erupts into kidnapping and murder. The consequences of this betrayal stalk Anna to the end of the story when she must choose between the lives of the two people most dear to her.