Short Histories of LightBook - 2018
In his debut collection, Aidan Chafe recounts his Catholic upbringing in a household dealing with the common but too often taboo subject of mental illness. In unflinching fashion, Chafe reveals the unintended disasters that follow those who struggle with depression and the frustration of loved ones left to pick up the pieces. Other sections of the book shine a light on the wounds inflicted by systems of patriarchy, particularly organized religion, and the caustic nature of humanity. Imagery and metaphor illuminate Chafe's writing in a range of poetic forms, both modern and traditional.
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In celebration of National Poetry Month, four local poets read from and share their personal journey of writing their first book. They discuss the influence of Vancouver, family, war, and mental health on their writing. Aiden Chafe is a writer and teacher absorbing the human landscape. He is author of the poetry collection Short Histories of Light. Benjamin Hertwig is a National Magazine Award ... (more)