A Familiar Shore
"I took up my
favored pen / and the meter of the salt roar, / the splendid gathering of stony
shells / and aged driftwood / splashed off the pages…"
This lyrical mythic
collection with its motifs of healing and nurturing will transport you to places
you have never been, in the company of surprising characters and
-- Violet Nesdoly
Poet, author, reviewer
A Familiar Shore
Poetry by Emily Isaacson
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A Familiar Shore is the story of Sea and her child Rain, her journey as a poet and
writer, and her battle with cancer. Sea chronicles her healing journey as she
meets Raven, a woman by the sea in Tofino, and a medicine woman of the Stó:lō people. The stories of four women are interwoven with
their poetry, parables, and myth. They eventually discover what binds them
together and what heals them.
About the Author:
Emily Isaacson is a poet
and author who lives in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. She founded the Wild Lily Institute, where she remains director. Isaacson has
trained in nutrition in natural medicine, creative writing and restorative
justice. She teaches others to use skills of conflict resolution, circle
keeping, and healing through forgiveness. Her themes include the sea, healing,
forgiveness, and reparation.
Isaacson’s poetry is
sacred and powerful. Her poet's voice shines amid oppression and despair. She
has said that hearing poetry live makes its nuances and color come to life! She
knows there is hope to overcome the obstacles in life of disease and
depression. She speaks from personal experience that love is a powerful force
that can free and move a nation.
The poetry on healing and
the First Nations People will coincide with the exhibit at The Reach art gallery on the
First Nations People and colonialism. For more information visit www.afamiliarshore.com
I wrote all day and into the evening
with a sharpened pencil,
sketching the notes of my composition,
floundering in its depths,
bringing my emotions
back from death to life,
as a killer whale returns to surface
from the undercurrents of the sea.
The words that would create
are the words of a healer
and the healing:
These words embody the power of nature
to restore, its essence
to remove impurities,
its resonance to similitude.
They thunder within the galaxy
of the cell, the microscopic layers
of mitochondria, they storm over the sea
before the nucleus of the sun.
The sky each night
grows dark with nutrients,
then silent with solitude.
Emily Isaacson, A Familiar Shore