for Emily Isaacson's The Fleur-de-lis (three volumes):
"You've got the magic, Emily!"
Author of The Great tree of Avalon:
Child of the Dark Prophecy
The Fleur-de-lis is such a testament to living in Canada among the diversity, heritage and culture. Emily Isaacson's writing is vivid, imaginative and a joy to experience. Her words literally unfold in a landscape of luxury for the senses, that expands a lifetime of terrain in a glorious pursuit of endless destinations. It is a must read for the sheer enlightenment.
President and Founder of the Canadian Federation of Poets
Attempting to pen a few comments on Emily Isaacson’s new work is like a caveman with a chisel and stone trying to capture a resplendent, golden sunset. Emily is a painter, a sculptor, a ballerina with words. Her creation is to be savoured and sipped slowly on a grassy knoll, not swallowed hurriedly. Let the reader dance with the poet as she takes one into times past, or to enjoy nature with new eyes, or to be drawn closer to the Creator – in English or in French. The Fleur-de-lis is a delight.
Marc Dalton, MLA
Emily Isaacson’s poetic words are precious and beautiful. I like the fact that they embody thoughts that are deeper in some places than my thoughts have gone before, even deeper than I can understand.
Dorothy Peters, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Trinity Western University
Reading The Fleur-de-lis is like the refreshing fragrance in the air when the sun comes out after raining much of the day. Emily Isaacson takes you on a journey through nature line by line and poem by poem as she points to the story in a leaf or upward to the sky above. Every word dances off the pages and into your soul to brighten your day. Her finely chosen words expand the reader’s imagination: as you reap the wealth of her golden words, they glitter in your heart. Emily is truly the Poet of St. Clare and her writings will inspire you.
Preston T. Bailey, Jr., Ph.D.
Upon reading the poems of Emily Isaacson one is effortlessly transported to the realm of yesteryear. As one reads there is a growing perception that here is something rare and special; something fragile yet strong; something lyrically musical. Exquisite word choices elicit delight and a desire for a second read. Her insights are deep, truthful, at times whimsical, but always compelling. Brava, Emily, for The Fleur-de-lis.
Ingrid Suderman, Soprano
Board Chair of the Vancouver International Song Institute (VISI)
Board of Directors, National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)
Emily Isaacson, in The Fleur-de-lis, embraces Canada’s history and views it through the fresh lens of poetry. Her voice is passionate, multi-colored, and lyrical. Her skilled and accessible verses show that the reach of her understanding is deeper than fact-finding; they turn this telling into a document to be celebrated.
Luci Shaw, poet
Author of Breath for the Bones and Harvesting Fog
The Fleur-de-Lis is a masterpiece!
Helene Levasseur, founder
Holy Wow Poetry Club
Emily Isaacson’s imagery is rich and full of colour. Her sensitivity to the world and its people, its animal life and the beauty of nature come through strongly. Poets are somewhat like prophets. They allow us to see the 'unseeable' and open up vistas of worlds beyond our imagining.
May your message of poetry reach all . . .
The Poor Clare Sisters,
St. Clare Monastery
Emily Isaacson's writing style requires stopping to drink in every word. Her poetry is demonstrative of an artful writer and extremely impressive, as the discipline to write in such brilliant hues can only be honed over years of dedication and hard work. Well done, Emily!
Author of In The Footsteps of Jesus
My heart 'gets' Emily's work at depths where my mind is still reaching to grasp. She's a mystic-theologian... whose poetry resonates with intimations of God's suffering love.
Brad Jersak, M.A.
Author of Her Gates Will Never Be Shut