Confronting grief and despair in the loss of her mother, Filipino-Canadian poet and author Shirley Camia announced on CKJS 810AM today the release of her newest collection of poetry, Mercy, as an elegy dedicated to her mother.
Shirley’s mother died at the start of 2016. A few months after her death, as she cope with the loss, Shirley mentioned how she would wake up and and felt compelled to write poems day after day. Thoughts just flowed until she had approximately 50 poems.
An only child, Shirley disclosed how it could be hard to read the poems she wrote to close families without breaking down.
“Expanding breathlessly in the magnitude of loss, Shirley’s fourth collection, Mercy, confronts despair to emerge anew with a bright offering of elegy. Beginning at her mother’s hospital bed. Ethereal and elegant, Shirley’s reflections are grounded in grief as they do the aching, earth-shattering work of mourning and moving forward.”
Catch Shirley at one of the following readings today, Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at the Millennium Library – Carol Shields Auditorium, 251 Donald Street, 7 p.m.
Mercy’s book launching is on May 9, 7 p.m. at the McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Shirley will embark on a series of poetry reading across Canada and the U.S. in May as follows:
Bridgewater, Virginia, Bridgewater International Poetry Festival, May 16, 2019, 7 p.m. Bridgewater College, 402 East College Street, Carter Center Concert Hall
Toronto, Ontario Poetry Reading, May 10, 2019, 7 p.m. Knife Fork Book, 244 Augusta Avenue, 2nd floor, The Dark Side Studio
Vancouver, B.C. Poetry Reading. May 26, 2019, 3 p.m. Massy Books, 229 E. Georgia Street