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Wednesday January 11, 2017 in Books
An Honest Woman by Jónína Kirton confronts us with beauty and ugliness in the wholesome riot that is sex, love, and marriage. From the perspective of a mixed-race woman, Kirton engages with Simone de Beauvoir and Donald Trump to unravel the norms of femininity and sexuality that continue to adhere today.
Kirton recalls her own upbringing, during which she was told to find a good husband who would “make an honest woman” out of her. Exploring the lives of many women, including her mother, her contemporaries, and well-known sex-crime stories such as the case of Elisabeth Fritzl, Kirton mines the personal to loosen the grip of patriarchal and colonial impositions.
An Honest Woman explores the many ways the female body is shaped by questions that have been too political to ask: What happens when a woman decides to take her sexuality into her own hands, dismissing cultural norms and the expectations of her parents? How is a young woman’s sexuality influenced when she is perceived as an “exotic” other? Can a woman reconnect with her Indigenous community by choosing Indigenous lovers?
Daring and tender in their honesty and wisdom, these poems challenge the perception of women’s bodies as glamorous and marketable commodities and imagine an embodied female experience that accommodates the role of creativity and a nurturing relationship with the land.
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ISBN 13: 9781772011449 | ISBN 10: N/A
6 W x 9 H inches | 104 pages
$16.95 CAN / $16.95 US
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QUOTES OF NOTE
Praise for Kirton’s previous collection, page as bone – ink as blood:
“A Bildungsroman in verse … subtle, perceptive, and politically engaged.”
“Kirton avoids outright confessional by raising the question of what voice is and can be, and does this as a poet … introducing the awareness of human fallibility and how ‘story’ is fraught, gives the writing authenticity and the writer welcome authority. Moments like this in writing are hard won and as such are to be treasured and sustained.” —The Maynard
About the ContributorsJónína Kirton
Jónína Kirton is a prairie-born Métis/Icelandic poet, author, and facilitator who lives in Vancouver. Her first collection of poetry, page as bone – ink as blood was released to wide acclaim by Talonbooks in 2015. Her second collection of poetry, An Honest Woman, is forthcoming in Spring 2017.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF); and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.