“Being an islander means that you aren’t like everyone else,” writes Laurie Brinklow in her new book, My island’s the house I sleep in at night. Bounded by water, you can live your life with certainty, knowing where your edges are. Drawn from interviews with artists, writers and musicians from Newfoundland, Tasmania and PEI, these poems capture what it means to be an islander. To know every rock and tickle, “the sea your road/the hole in the sky/your light to travel by.”
In her second collection of poems, Brinklow weaves stories and images with her own poetic imaginings. These are poems steeped in community memory, about belonging to a place like nowhere else, a kitchen party full of islanders telling stories about the patch of rock they call home.
My island’s the house I sleep in at night is published by Island Studies Press at UPEI and is available for sale at Bookmark, the UPEI Bookstore and online through the distributor, Nimbus Publishing. This book was the recipient of a SSHRC Exchange Publication Award from the Vice-President Academic and Research Office at UPEI.