Enter the Chrysanthemum

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Caitlin Press
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5.5 X 7.9 X 0.2 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author
Fiona Tinwei Lam is a Scottish-born, Vancouver-based writer whose work has appeared in literary magazines across the country, as well as in the 'Globe & Mail', and anthologies in Canada, the US and Hong Kong. Her work has also been featured as part of B.C.'s Poetry in Transit program. Her book of poetry, 'Intimate Distances' (Nightwood 2002), was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award. Twice short-listed for the 'Event' literary non-fiction contest, she is a co-editor of and contributor to the anthology of personal essays, 'Double Lives: Writing and Motherhood' (McGill-Queens University Press, 2008). Her work will also be appearing in 'Best Canadian Poetry 2010' (Tightrope Books, 2010), edited by Lorna Crozier. Her most recent collection of poetry, 'Enter the Chrysanthemum' (Caitlin, 2009), depicts the journey into single parenthood, exploring themes of family, love and loss. She is a former lawyer.
"A single mother struggles with the banal tragedies of a particular life: the experience is commonplace, but Lam expresses it with distinctive tenderness, restraint and intensity. She elevates the collection's remarkably consistent voice into one that recalls and transcends the specific truth of her own life to articulate the common truths of others.... Enter the Chrysanthemum is one of those rare books of poetry that compels one to read on until the end." -- Martin Alexander, Cha Literary Journal
"[Lam] describes intense moments in life: aching loss, the inability to reclaim.... Her surface rhythm and clarity create both overt meaning and the impression that there is much more just below the finely crafted surface. She is adept in creating a kind of redemption through tightly constructed lines...." -- Kim Morden, Event
"Just like the versatile flower, each poem in Fiona Tinwei Lam'sEnter the Chrysanthemum transcends the immediacy of its imagery and delivers singular moments into the realm of the profound and universal. In these poems, Lam plucks out everyday interactions that, while seemingly innocent and familiar, cover the tenuous connections that lie at the heart of human relationships." -- Pacific Rim Review of Books, vol. 7 No. 1 p. 38