• Three Poems by Eve Joseph – a video animation by Karen Hibbard
This video poetry is a collaboration between an artist and a poet. A visualization of 3 poems by Eve Joseph about death and dying, it will be exhibited at Vancouver Island School of Art, November 6 to 30, 2015. The exhibition entitled In Cahoots was curated by Efren Quiroz.
• In the Slender Margin won the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, BC Book Prizes.
• Eve Joseph recently published an essay about her experience with having a stroke in the Globe and Mail. You can read it here.
• In the Slender Margin was designated a 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.