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The Woman Who Drank Her Own Reflection
Guernica Editions, Spring 2013
75 pages
Kindle (eBook)
ISBN13: 9781550717167
ISBN10: 1550717162
$6.95 Canada, $6.95 US

A sense of place has always dominated Louise McKinney's writing life. This poetry collection represents the best of her poetry written from the early 1980s to now. More than depicting mere geographical adventuring, this work expresses the poet's personal vision and emphasizes the importance of living out one's potential. This emotional journey may include the necessity of leaving something, of passing through wild and dark places in the shadow self. It may also mean becoming a different person, or persons. Sometimes inner and outer landscape merge. Always there is the hope of arriving at a place of triumphant joy where real meaning is found and love of sovereign self resides. Frequently McKinney's subject is the natural world and her deep reverence for it.
At our fingers, blood/ stops briefly and turns/ around again,/ doubling on itself/ and gaining energy/ in such small space.