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The Unsettled by Mona Fertig

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The Unsettled, from Kalamalka Press in Vernon, is Mona Fertig’s first full-length book of new poetry in 12 years, and was on the long list for the Relit Award.

The Unsettled by Mona Fertig

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The Unsettled is No.7 in the Mackie Lecture and Reading Series published by writers-in-residence at the Mackie Lake House every fall in Vernon. Mona, a poet and publisher, and a Salt Spring Island resident since 1990, was the 2010 Mackie Lake House writer-in-residence. She worked on the manuscript of The Unsettled while there.

The Unsettled is the binding metaphor for poems of homelessness, uncertainty, development, politics, relationships, wilderness, and the spirit world.

“I have always been struck by three qualities in Mona Fertig’s poetry: a sensuousness, an honouring of the sometimes beautiful, sometimes awkwardly real world at the poet’s feet, and a spiritual density that cracks through anywhere. Mona has one of the strongest voices among our poets, and that is why the publishing of The Unsettled is an occasion. In these new poems Fertig’s vision spirals through the world we inhabit, catching different aspects of it in its lyrical nets, but especially the contradictory worlds confronting us here on the western edge of this continent: worlds of progress and wilderness, men and women, youth and age, comedy and tragedy. Nowhere is this more evident than in the volume’s stunning, closing hymn to Salt Spring Island, ‘This is Paradise.’”  ~ John Lent, publisher, editor, Kalamalka Press

“With kindness and skill, Fertig takes the reader places where most would turn a blind eye” ~ Pat Lowther Jury

“The new poems are beautiful, dark. You know the shadows, the joys. Many thanks for sharing your visions.”~ Robert Kroetsch


To purchase this book:  click on the cover image or order through http://www.kalwriters.com/kalpress_books.html

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