This evocative book binds the ancient past with the distant future – by reclaiming the present. It is a recitation and a prayer of reconciliation, whether expressed in radical chant filled with the optimism of healing or in the Celtic lament of a cunning passage-play.
Open Letter is a hymn that revisits the poet’s adolescence with the extended tension of a Deirdre of the Sorrows. It is an incantation heard in the beat of a Bodhrán, Calling the Taliesin in, through which everything flows, from River to lyric Stone. But mostly it is a epistle to the world, to all those who have been harmed and seek a path to recovery.
Conceived out of improvisation, this collage of thresholds and crossings zeroes-in on the topic of violence against women, with wisdom and poignant insight. Prepare to be moved to action as Open Letter compares the desecration of the earth to the treatment of women.
About the Author
Sheri-D Wilson has published 8 collections of poetry. One of her earlier collections published by Frontenac House, Re:Zoom, won the 2006 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry, and was shortlisted for the CanLit Award. In 2011 she edited The Spoken Word Workbook: inspiration from poets who teach(CSWS/BCP), which launched its interactive website on February 15 of this year.
Sheri-D has also produced two Spoken Word CDs and four award-winning VideoPoems, all produced for BravoFACT. She is a regular on CBC & CKUA radio, and has performed around the world, from Canada and the USA to Africa and Europe. This spring she will be performing in London and Barcelona.
Sheri-D has been the Artistic Director/Producer of the Calgary Spoken Word Festival since 2003, she organized SWAN (Spoken Word Arts Network) in 2005 & 2007, produced the 2008 National Slam of Canada in Calgary, and since 2007 has been the Program Director of the Spoken Word Program at Banff Centre. She has served on many committees for the League of Canadian Poets, and was on National Council for the Writers Union of Canada. In 2006 The National Slam presented her with the Poet of Honour Award. Since then, Sheri-D produced and hosted the Calgary Monthly Slam, until The Ink Spot Collective took over the reins in January 2012. Presently, Sheri-D organizes and hosts the Youth Slam at the Calgary Library the second Saturday of every month.