by Ruth Roach Pierson

Poetry 2007

Finalist 2008 Governor General's Award for Poetry


"This deeply satisfying book is about time and history, inheritance and loss, both private and shared. It is a book of memory with a hard, bright edge. Why, asks Ruth Pierson, is memory so capricious? Where is the sense in what it loses, what it keeps, so much of the residue being painful to recall? Aide-mémoire richly layers past and present selves (strangers to one another, both imperfect), acute observation and challenging ideas, disillusionment and rapture. A restless, honest, anti-nostalgic book, it sings 'the holy mess of life' into vivid being."

Stan Dragland



Times Colonist (Victoria), downloaded from canada.com, May 11, 2008, "It's a bit like dipping into a stranger's memorabilia," review by Bronwen Welch

The Fiddlehead, Spring 2009, no.239, p103, "Voices of Memory" a review by Michael Thorpe