Books

NON-FICTION

In The Slender Margin will be published in the United States by Arcade Publishing on January 5, 2016

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The Globe Books 100: Best Canadian non-fiction 2014

A journey into the land of death and dying seen through the lens of art and the imagination

Part memoir, part meditation on death itself, In the Slender Margin is an exploration of death from an “insider’s” point of view. Using the threads of her brother’s early death and her twenty years of work at a hospice, Joseph draws on history, religion, philosophy, literature, personal anecdote, mythology, poetry and pop culture to discern the unknowable and to illuminate her travels through the land of the dying.

Rather than relying solely on narrative, The Slender Margin gains momentum from a build-up of thematic resonances. Joseph writes toward thinking about death and in the process finds the brother she lost as a young girl. This book provides no easy answers, but invites the reader to contemplate the human need for meaning in the face of death.

Replete with literary allusions and references from Joan Didion and Susan Sontag to D.H. Lawrence and Voltaire among many other literary voices, the result is an absorbing and inspired consideration of how we die and how, in the end, we carry on.

 

POETRY

The Secret Nature of Things Poetry Brick Books, 2010

The Secret Signature of Things
Poetry
Brick Books, 2010

The Startled Heart Poetry Oolichan Books, 2004

The Startled Heart
Poetry
Oolichan Books, 2004

ANTHOLOGIES

Vintage 2000.  League of Canadian Poets
Contemporary Northwest Poets. 2006. David Biespiel, editor.
The Poets Guide to Birds.  2008. Judith Kitchen & Ted Kooser, editors.
Rocksalt: Anthology of B.C. Poets. 2008 Mona Fertig & Harold Rhenisch
Twelve Breaths a Minute. 2011 Lee Gutkind, editor.  Runner up Creative Nonfiction essay award.
Force Field. Susan Musgrave, editor: 75 women poets of British Columbia. 2012
Poems from Planet Earth. Yvonne Bloomer, editor. 2012
111 West Coast Literary Portraits. Mona Fertig, editor. 2012
Untying the Apron. Lorri Neilsen Glenn, editor. 2013
Cascadia: The Life and Breath of the World. Frank Stewart and Trevor Carolan editors. 2013

CHAPBOOKS

Who Comes, Jean-Paul?  Firescreen Press. 2001 (edited by Patrick Lane)
Moving Small Stones.  Frog Hollow Press. 2003
The Hoodoo You Do So Well. 2007. Littlefishcart Press.

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