Book details

Publication date: May 2022
Series: Wayfarer
Keywords: Deep Thinking; relationships; family; stories; Ukraine; love; blue; thread; natural; world; aging; body; history; recorded; art; food; wine; Drumheller; Czech; Republic; West; coast; textiles; indigo
Subject(s): LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays, Literary essays, Autobiography: writers, Biography and non-fiction prose, TRAVEL / Special Interest / Family, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs, Essays, Canadian Literature, Deep Thinking; relationships; family; stories; Ukraine; love; blue; thread; natural; world; aging; body; history; recorded; art; food; wine; Drumheller; Czech; Republic; West; coast; textiles; indigo, Canadian Literature / Literary Essays / Memoir, Travel, Humanities
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Theresa Kishkan. Theresa Kishkan lives on the Sechelt Peninsula in British Columbia. She has published more than a dozen books, including poetry, fiction, and collections of essays.

"...Kishkan’s writing is lyrical and free-ranging, a true pleasure to read.... In Blue Portugal the essays’ themes are allowed to slip their boundaries; a topic addressed in one essay recurs in later essays, a recognition, perhaps, that thoughts and interests develop over time, shifting slightly as they are put in the company of other thoughts, are seen from different perspectives. The essays in Blue Portugal seem to talk to each other; they interlace in interesting and thought-provoking ways. The book is a fine example of the personal essay at its best." Michael Hayward, The British Columbia Review, August 2, 2022 [Full review at https://thebcreview.ca/2022/08/02/1533-hayward-kishkan]

"Kishkan’s lyrical essays glow with the generosity and poetic grace of a richly perceptive mind. Blue Portugal and Other Essays explores natural and human histories, the veins and rivers of then and now, with fierce and tender insight. An overnight train, a weathered rock, a button, a blueprint, the complications of the human heart—all rendered in beautiful prose." Lorri Neilsen Glenn, author of Following the River: Traces of Red River Women


“Phantom places resonant with mysterious meaning, dreamy hauntings from half-remembered lives, revenant landscapes fragmented in the prism of memory; the living, the dead; rivers as the veins of life and veins as the rivers of being; migrations through time, geography, and experience; a husband and wife reading Dante’s Inferno to each another by firelight and the machinery of medical technology delivering readings from Cancerland—this is just a marvellous book. Theresa Kishkan is amazing.” Stephen Hume, author of A Walk with the Rainy Sisters


"Blue Portugal and Other Essays is forget-me-not powerful, small sparking essays building and building to cacophonies of bright brilliance. Be prepared to be cracked (Crack. CRACK) wide open—raw, vulnerable and moved: you’ll then be carefully knitted and quilted back into a transformed whole. Such is the skill of Kishkan’s literary craft: she narrates entire, and stunningly well-researched, universes. From the intimately domestic and inner to the bountiful global and beyond, Kishkan takes you by the hand and the heart. She walks with you through her worded worlds and gently restores you back into a revisioned life, days and places you’ll never see quite the same way ever again. Gently profound. Richly delicate. Therapeutic and needed." Sarah de Leeuw, author of Where It Hurts

Preface
1. A Dark Path
2. The Blue Etymologies
3. We Are Still Here
4. Blue Portugal
5. How Rivers Break Away and Meet Again
6. Blueprints
7. Anatomy of a Button
8. Love Song
9. The River Door
10. Museum of the Multitude Village
Acknowledgements
Sources
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