poetry by Shirley Camia
Calliope illustrates the rich emotional complexity found in instances – the choice moments of life from bliss to darkness, that convey the eccentricities, vulnerabilities and strengths of human existence.
the footsteps of the neighbours upstairs heavy tired pregnant a day's worth of work measured in thuds the laminate scratched as the cat tears past babble from a one-year old she drums on the kitchen table rat-a-tap-tap the chorus goes before she drops her spoon and cries
a pot of tea and chinatown tarts comfort on a night brimming with thoughts blanketed by silence
Paperback 5.5 x 8.5 in
– Joe Cummings
About the Author
Shirley Camia is a broadcaster and journalist, born in Winnipeg to first-generation Filipino immigrants.
She has traveled throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, sleeping alongside the rice fields of rural Japan and falling in love with Canada's far north.
Her debut collection, Calliope, illustrates the rich emotional complexity found in instances – the choice moments of life from bliss to darkness, that convey the eccentricities, vulnerabilities and strengths of human existence.
She lives in Toronto with her partner, her two dogs and her fish.
"This graceful collection takes the reader through a wonderfully vivid series of thoughts and moments that linger with a welcomed ease while at the same time revealing the often cold sobriety of raw human experience.
It is the type of work we should demand of all our artists: honest and intelligent, and at all times beautiful.
Shirley Camia is an exciting new talent."
– Joe Cummings,
Canadian poet and broadcaster
"Shirley Camia's first collection of poems is not to be missed.
Bringing together the sinuous lines of Kay Ryan with the cool, uncluttered vision of a Haiku master, she invites us into a world at once resolutely unsentimental and intensely personal: as she writes:
let us / on this day / be friends"
– Ted Goossen,
literary critic and translator of Japanese literature