breathing at dusk
by Beth Goobie
Gut-wrenching and awe-inspiring, breathing at dusk is the new collection of poetry from the award-winning Beth Goobie as she explores her past and revels in her future.
Winner of two 2018 Saskatchewan Book Awards:
City of Saskatoon and Public Library Saskatoon Book Award
Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award
Finalist, 2018 League of Canadian Poets Pat Lowther Memorial Award
Autobiographical in nature, breathing at dusk follows the journey of one girl as she escapes her childhood home and all of the painful memories that home elicits – her memories largely centered around the physical and sexual abuse she experienced as a child at the hands of her father and the untimely death of her brother.
Years removed from these experiences now, Goobie is able to cast an unblinking eye on her relationship with her father, and looks back at her emotional journey with fiercely striking language. Often with a focus on classical music and the beauty in nature, this collection, while painful, is a moving and elegant testament to Goobie's strength and resolve as she heals and grows and finally chooses joy.
Praise for breathing at dusk:
"breathing at dusk recounts sexual abuse by her father and others in poems luminous and horrific. Using indelible imagery and often quiet, unsettling rhythm. Beth Goobie examines the stifling trauma of her childhood and leads us by force of will to an exultant moment: 'I am staking my claim to joy.' In the end, this wrenching, fiercely courageous book offers an inspiring benediction that permits the author and her readers to breathe again: 'we all carry ourselves, cupped handfuls of light, toward the hope of some consensus - a gentle blessing we can bestow, each upon the other...'" - Judges, City of Saskatoon and Public Library Saskatoon Book Award, 2018 Saskatchewan Book Awards (Winner)
"In breathing at dusk, Beth Goobie gives us poems of terrible power and grace. Unspeakable childhood abuse, hidden behind lace curtains and piano lessons, is conveyed with emotional precision, as are the 'bluebottle-buzzed hour[s]' of suburban summer pleasures. A mood of dread soaks these poems--the reader forced to listen with the powerless child for footsteps 'closing in.' And yet the poems are so rich in myth, with such brilliant metaphors, that they transform remembered trauma in representing it. As art so often does, they offer "wings-/ in all the trajectories of away.'" - Judges, Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award, 2018 Saskatchewan Book Awards (Winner)