Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Journeywoman, poems by Carolyne Van Der Meer

Canadian poet, Carolyne Van Der Meer, has just had her poetry collection, Journeywoman, published  by Inanna Publications, Toronto.

Carolyne has been published in many Irish journals including our Boyne Berries and she attended the launch of Boyne Berries 10 while visiting Ireland in 2011. She is the author of Motherlode: A Mosaic of Dutch Wartime Experience, which was published in 2014.

From the publisher's website: Journeywoman, poems by Carolyne Van Der Meer

"Journeywoman is the story in poems of the explicitly female journey made by women through girlhood, motherhood and beyond. The play on the word journeyman is intentional with the notion of completing an apprenticeship and seeking mastery of the trade implicit.

This unique collection explores the stages of womanhood as defined by this author: the waif, the mother and the crone. It invokes the stories of many to describe the process of mastering the craft of being female, with all its inherent complexities.  The journey involves not only the physical alterations a woman undergoes through the changing of stages—the metamorphosing required to achieve mastery—but also true travel, the road embarked upon to achieve enlightenment, the attempt to grasp the intangible, the ethereal, the metaphysical, the disembodied, the sacred."