Canada’s History in Poems
Edited by Judy Gaudet
A new collection of poems, 150+: Canada’s History in Poems, tells the story of 150 years as a country, recreating historical events through the vivid, concrete, human element of our poets’ responses to them. Judy Gaudet has collected poems that tell our story in a unique way: through the personal passions and concerns of artists who offer a range of encounters and attitudes. The poets represent a wide variety of Canadian experience: Indigenous, immigrant, and people from every part of the country and period of our history providing a solid representation of Canadian diversity. Poems come from many significant Canadian poets, as well as some lesser known and emerging poets and folk writers.
This journey through the works of our greatest poets and their reflections on their experiences of the events that have shaped Canada, and continue to shape Canada, provide an exciting and lasting addition to our sense of who we are and where we’ve been, and gives us a basis on which to think about our attitudes and directions for the future.
150+: Canada’s History in Poems provides Canadians with an alternative history to the one they read about in textbooks. Looking at our history through the eyes of our artists is not only enlightening, but can give insight into the powerful truths of our past.
Judy Gaudet created a name for herself as a poet, but to many on her home island, she is also known as a mother, grandmother, genealogist, librarian, and teacher. Gaudet’s poetry work includes a chapbook, Poems, you say (Saturday Morning Chapbooks, 2003), and two full length poetry collections: Her Teeth Are Stones (Acorn Press, 2005), and Conversation with Crows (Oberon Press, 2014). Judy Gaudet lives in Eldon, PEI with her partner, David Helwig, also a poet.
Bookmark, Charlottetown’s independent bookseller, will be holding a poetry event with Judy Gaudet in early June to mark the release of this new book of poetry. They anticipate having 20 local poets reading selections from the book during a celebratory event for this new edition. Watch for details in the June edition of The Buzz and online at www.bookmarkreads.ca.