Paperback / softback
ISBN: 9781772014051
Pages: 112
Pub. Date: September 30 2022
Dimensions: 8.25" x 6" x 0.3125"
Rights: Available: WORLD
Poetry / POE024000

  • POETRY / Canadian
  • POETRY / American / African American & Black
  • POETRY / Women Authors

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By Cecily Nicholson

Set mainly in the rural, HARROWINGS connects with Black intellectual and art history in relation to agriculture. The poems include pulses of memoir from the poet's childhood growing up on a farm, as well as from more recent pandemic experiences volunteering for a local agricultural enterprise led by people who were formerly incarcerated. Considering movements organizing for food security and related, resurgent practices, HARROWINGS also contends with "the farm" as a tract of colonial advance. Tropes of tradition and supremacy are confronted in this study of biome, plants, and soil. Despite episodic and chronic illness, and by way of practical tasks such as sowing, pruning, and watering, the poetry advances with love towards abolitionist futures.

Long-listed 2023 Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry

Short-listed 2023 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize

Long-listed 2023 Pat Lowther Memorial Award

HARROWINGS ranges across history and memory to present activism, tilling the space where food meets farm meets race meets colonial structures, reckoning with all these histories” – the Winnipeg Free Press

"A master of language construction, Nicholson consistently writes memorable poetic language throughout this collection." – Rungh Magazine