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This is a gallery of work specially created for #ThinAir2022. Spend time with writers you love, and discover some new favourites! Ceci est une galerie de travaux spécialement créée pour #ThinAir2022. Passez du temps avec des écrivains que vous aimez et découvrez de nouveaux favoris!
Sylvia Legris's latest book of poetry is Garden Physic, published by New Directions in 2021 and by Granta Books (UK) in 2022. Garden Physic is a Poetry Book Society (UK) recommendation and was named a CBC Best Poetry Collection of 2021. Her other collections include The Hideous Hidden, Pneumatic Antiphonal, and Nerve Squall, winner in 2006 of both the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Pat Lowther Award. Among her other awards are the Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence in 2018 and, in 2014, the Lieutenant Governor's Saskatchewan Artist Award. Her poetry has appeared in The Paris Review, Granta, New York Review of Books, Chicago Review, and Conjunctions. Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, she now lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Interview / Entrevue
Not only did my parents not put any restrictions on what I read, my mother often gave me what others would consider clearly inappropriate reading material for a child. When I was nine, she gave me a copy of R.D. Laing's The Divided Self, a psychedelic take on schizophrenia. After this, it was no holds barred. When I was twelve or thirteen, I read the book Sybil (purloined from my mother's bedside books) about a woman with multiple personality disorder—this book was made into a rather cheesy tv melodrama with Sally Fields a few years later. Though by the time I read this book my attendance at school was already spotty, my mother did, in a rare moment of parental intervention, advise me that I not tell any of my teachers that I was reading this book.
"Isn't it funny how a bear likes honey. Buzz buzz buzz, I wonder why he does." —A.A. Milne.
When I begin something new, I start out as a clean desk and workspace person but very quickly devolve into a super-messy desk and floor person. I have one of those L-shaped desks, the surface of which is currently buried under papers, open books, and various sesame seed snap and lifesavers wrappers. Likewise, the floor to the right of me is covered with small stacks of books (every one of which I might need!), piles of paper that I'm always walking over and knocking into disarray, and a fair bit of hair. My "office," until recently the bedroom, has the mirror (and an outlet) that I use when I dry my hair. I'm always shaking stray hairs off my "floor" papers. The one upside is that the hairiness compels me to vacuum and tidy up often, after which I briefly recover my status as clean desk person. Everything is cyclical, I reassure myself.
I worry more that I won't wake up at all.
Though I have watched instructional videos of how to do this and pored over diagrams of how to do this, I would eventually like to figure out the correct way to fold a fitted sheet.
Winnipeg is located in Treaty One territory, the traditional lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. THIN AIR, the annual celebration produced by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival, strives to honour the First People’s rich tradition of sharing stories as the ground for building genuine community and restoring right relations.
Winnipeg est située sur le territoire du Traité n ° 1, sur les terres traditionnelles des peuples Anishinaabeg, Cris, Oji-Cri, Dakota et Dene, ainsi que sur la patrie de la Nation métisse. THIN AIR, la célébration annuelle produite par le Winnipeg International Writers Festival, s’efforce d’honorer la riche tradition de partage d’histoires des Premiers Peuples comme base pour bâtir une communauté authentique et rétablir de bonnes relations.