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University of Calgary Graduate launches her debut collection of poems

Posted: Friday November 16, 2007

Diane Guichon will read from her first collection of poems at McNally Robinson Calgary (120 8th Avenue SW) at 6pm on Tuesday November 20.

In her debut collection of poems, Birch Split Bark, Diane Guichon uses a quintessentially Canadian image-a birch bark canoe-to speak of those private waters that make us universally human. By writing in the first person of a father, a mother, a son and a daughter, she bridges age to gender, myth to memory and hatred to reconciliation.

These poems are brave and brilliantly voiced and her descriptions are as haunting as a loon’s concerto on a silent summer lake. Guichon’s characters speak to the plurality of Canadian identity; in four distinct voices, Guichon pulls apart the myths that have created us and continue to dictate who we must be.

Birch Split Bark proves that canoes will always write history upon their waters just as poets will write humanity upon the page.

Diane Guichon is an MA graduate of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Calgary. Birch Split Bark is her first published book of poetry.