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Wolsak and Wynn, 2004 - Poetry - 79 pages

Lesley-Anne Bourne has written a book of poems about the experience of loss and suffering, and of ultimate recovery from anorexia. In a few dozen spare poems, in images as clear as glass and as cutting, the poet paints a vivid picture of finding her way out of the long labyrinth of recovery. Her honesty and courage, and above all, her literary ability to describe what it is like to go through this harrowing illness, the loss of an unborn child, and the depression that follows, is both moving and admirable. She enmeshes her readers in her experience and leaves them astounded, yet ultimately filled with hope by this powerful work.

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About the author (2004)

Lesley-Anne Bourne grew up in North Bay, Ontario. She is the author of three books of poetry, The Story of Pears, Skinny Girls, and Field Day, and a novel, The Bubble Star. Her writing has appeared in various anthologies, including Breathing Fire: Canada?s New Poets and Coastlines: the Poetry of Atlantic Canada. Her awards include the Air Canada Award, administered by the Canadian Authors? Association, for a writer under thirty with outstanding promise; the Bliss Carman Poetry Award; and the PEI Milton Acorn Poetry Award. She has been a creative writing instructor for the Maritime Writers? Workshop at the University of New Brunswick and Artsperience at Canadore College in North Bay. She currently teaches at the University of Prince Edward Island.

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