Natural Disasters (Palimpsest Press, 2007)
Longlisted for the ReLit Awards!
Natural Disasters is the first poetry collection from Andrea MacPherson. It explores memory and history, asking if it is possible to inherit the past and the generational complexities that come along with it. Stories of lost sisters and marriages based on card games combine with the immediate and personal responses to wild fires and collapsed schoolhouses.
The collection is also concerned with place, from the dry land of the interior of BC to the rugged beauty of the west coast shoreline. These settings affect not only language and mood, but tangible links to the past, the ‘dusky valleys’ and ‘planks stained with fish blood’.Here, the tragic mingles with the everyday, allowing shadowy figures and hazy memory to once again become real.