Rebecca Babcock

March 8th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Every Second Weekend

ISBN: 978-0-9864924-4-0
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Every Second Weekend

Nine linked and overlapping narratives in the voices of Liz and Katie, mother and daughter. We come to know Katie’s brother Michael, her feckless father, her half-brother Kent, in a family saga of tragedy and disappointment, of growing estrangement and isolation. As though mirroring this inner emotional landscape, the setting is a Canada of far distances, stunted forests, remote cabins, transitory accommodations. Both Katie and Liz must finally make choices about commitment, escape, desire and dignity. There are no easy answers in this austere tale, but a sense of the values of maturity and intelligence affirmed.

Rebecca Babcock, born in Cold Lake, Alberta, holds a PHD in English from Dalhousie University where she is currently working as an English Literature instructor. She has published short stories in Room of One’s Own and Fait AcCompLit, and, in 2004, adapted several of her stories to the stage, performing in the one-woman show Everysecondweekend at the Edmonton Fringe Festival. She lives in Halifax with her husband.

Book design by Christian Snyder.  Cover art by Jennifer Johannesen.



Roy Lewis

May 31st, 2011 § 358 comments § permalink

With You the Moments of my Life are Fading

ISBN 978-0-9864924-3-3
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With You the Moments of my Life are FadingIn thirty-seven short movements of mixed verse, prose and dialogue, the poem chronicles the death of a love, and the ensuing struggles for understanding and dignity. A modern Psalm, an elegy or lamentation, it is steeped in the Bible, the ancient and modern classics, in rich West Indian-inflected cadences. Interlocutors hound the speaker, in the manner of Job’s friends. Bitter reminders of other days, of the extent of his loss, tempt him to self-pity, despair, violence. Then, unexpectedly, a provisional calm descends as the speaker, reflecting on the lives of his immigrant parents, learns something of grace and stoicism, survivorship and redemption.

Roy Lewis was born in West Bromwich, Birmingham. He has been writing poetry for as far back as he can remember. He has worked as an actor on film radio and television and has been a long time member of the Stratford Festival Company.

Book design by Christian Snyder.  Cover art by Aron Tager.

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