A.B. Dillon

 

A. B. Dillon is an award-winning author and educator. Her first book, Matronalia, won the 2019 Alberta Writers' Guild Award for Poetry. 'Miss Mercy', a selection from this book, was long-listed for the 2018 CBC Poetry Prize. Originally from Windsor, Ontario, Dillon now resides in Calgary, Alberta.

 


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POETRY

144 pages/trade paper

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ISBN: 978-1-77187-153-2
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A.B. Dillon

Matronalia interlaces ancestral disorders and personal tribulations to reveal what often remains unsaid from mother to daughter.

A mother reveals a festering secret to her daughter after years of trying to conceal it. Since her daughter’s birth, she has been suffering from a disease that causes bizarre symptoms: sudden calcification, the growth and disintegration of extra ribs, coral splinters in the heart, unrelenting depression. As the mother examines the pathology of her disease, she offers her daughter fierce and harrowing advice on everything from sex to survival to love.

A mother is a recorder, a journal, an illimitable, constant aperture.
We are seers, voyeurs of the worst order.

Part ode, part prayer, and part manifesto, Matronalia interlaces ancestral legacies and personal tribulations to reveal what often remains unsaid from mother to daughter. The energy, intelligence and grace of the language and imagination is itself antidote to the dilemmas and shame they explore. Matronalia is, in essence, a confession that evolves into a love poem.

Go to art when you are lost, my darling.
Stand before something that breaks you.

 

Interview with CBC Calgary

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