Tell the Birds Your Body is Not a Gun

by Rayanne Haines

Tell the Birds Your Body is Not a Gun, is a book of minimalist poetry, prose poems and poetic essays exploring family grief, healing, and trauma through the female lens. Tell the Birds Your Body is Not a Gun is a visceral narrative that questions our relationship with religion and challenges how we reflect on our own memories of trauma. As readers look to the past in the manuscript, they are asked to examine how each of them would experience and react to grief and abuse.

Winner of the 2022 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry
Shortlisted for the 2022 Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry

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Weight .226 kg
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 0.31 in
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Rayanne Haines

Rayanne Haines’ writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from, Fiddlehead, Impact: The Lives of Women After Concussion Anthology, Voicing Suicide Anthology, The Selkie Resiliency Anthology, Freefall, Wax Poetry and Arts, Funicular, Lida Lit Mag, and Indefinite Space among others. She is the host of the literary podcast, An Eloquent Bitch and is the Alberta NWT rep for the League of Canadian Poets. Rayanne is a 2019 Edmonton Artist Trust Fund Award recipient. Past Executive Director of the Edmonton Poetry Festival, her poetry and prose have been shortlisted for a Canadian Authors Association Award and the John Whyte Memorial Essay Alberta Literary Award. Her current work focuses on mental health and intergenerational trauma. Tell the Birds your Body is Not a Gun is her second poetry collection.

The Point, My Friend

today the moon wanted the sun’s face and the sun wanted the moon’s smile so they traded places. at least this is what i told myself while dreaming of tying rocks to my ankles after eating eggs and rum for my fourth breakfast. if i stayed under long enough, surely the sun would change her mind and let me drown in shadows. turns out, a body can’t hold its breath as long as the moon. turns out, trying to die without dying is messy business. yesterday the neighbours i don’t know heard me screaming on the beach. now i have to apologize on behalf of the sun and the moon and my anxiety lemoning the sky—because no one enjoys seeing an unkempt life. and i, wearing a head to toe raspberry-sorbet pantsuit, have to go on living.