In The Provincelands

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It's a rare consciousness that can both absorb and express how daily life and the fantastic continually co-exist. Within a world full of otherness(es), Janet MacFadyen remains unflinchingly open, even porous, so that her poems blast, twist, or softly seduce the reader into completely joining her.

Who knows what bloodlines run from the brain's web to the forest floor, she asks rising from a moment which could be merely nightmarish, or Does grace exist? It's not at the grocery store. A quite Dickinsonian question. The two-part title poem carries its own grace and is particularly loving and encouraging. This is a beautiful book which deepens on re-reading. With a language both precise and vibrant, and a strong interior music, MacFadyen's poems both apprehend and dissolve boundaries so that she can truly embrace those contradictions that might break her heart. Or ours.

-- Pamela Stewart, Award winning author of The Red Window and The Ghost Farm.

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In The Provincelands

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