Poems by Canadian women – share a favorite and reflect on others

by Debra Sutherland

A warm and welcoming invitation to a reflective, restorative, poetry-focused Feminist Book Club Zoom meeting Sunday, April 12; 4:00 pm local time. Click here for event: https://vancouverunitarians.ca/events/feminist-books-poetry/

The UU Feminist Book Club was launched in the spring of 2019 by Jo-Anne Elder, an accomplished writer, poet, editor, educator and translator, who makes her home in New Brunswick. This initiative unites book -loving feminist Unitarian members (and friends) across Canada, via Zoom and Google groups. The group membership though stretching from coast to coast is still small and personal. The Zoom meetings are scheduled for the second Sunday of every month, so the next meeting is this Sunday, April 12th, and you all are invited! Short notice for sure and a significant family and religious time but since we are all staying home, a good number of us necessarily separated from our families, it might still work for some of you. The Zoom link is provided below and will meet at 4:00 pm Vancouver time.

This Sunday, given the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, Jo-Anne has suggested we use the time to talk, read/listen to poetry and ask reflective questions, rather than discuss a book selection. She has invited us to bring our favourite poems by women (preferably Canadian women) about spring, hope, liberation or other themes that may hearten us as we go through this difficult time. Sounds very nurturing and sustaining to me! So I am all in, and it would be very nice to see a few more local faces as well!

I was first introduced to the feminist book club a year ago by Mary Bennett, and it was also my first introduction to Zoom. For those of you who may not yet have found your way onto Zoom, I want to say that I found the Zoom platform easy to access, even though and even at the best of times, I am technically challenged! So hopefully you will not let your lack of technical prowess keep you away. You only need to download the Zoom application to your computer or Ipad or Smartphone, and then simply click on the link below; and the group leader, Jo-Anne Elder, will do any of the harder stuff! On this note, thank you to our local technical leaders too – I so admire your expertise, skills and dedication. And this one’s especially for you Mary Bennett!

Books that have been read and discussed in the Feminist Book club to date include a wide range of genres, including award winning fiction – The Red Word by Sarah Henstra, Women Talking by Miriam Toews, and That Time I Loved You by Carrianne Leung; poignant, powerful and poetic memoir – Heart Berries byTherese Mailhot; informative and interesting non-fiction – Ten Thousand Roses: The Making of a Feminist Revolution by Judy Rebick; academic – Women’s Ways of Knowing by Belenky et al; indigenous feminist philosophy – I am Woman by Lee Maracle; a feminist essay collection – Shrewed: A Wry and Closely Observed Look at the Lives of Women and Girls by Elizabeth Renzetti; and classics – The Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro and The Bell by Iris Murdoch; and to round all that out, the psychoanalytic and feminine psychology books of Marion Woodman. Something for everyone I would say!

So with all of this by way of introduction to the UU Feminist Book Club let me again say that I look forward to seeing both returning and new locals at the Feminist Book Club Zoom meeting this Sunday, April 12th at 4:00. And if you can’t fit it in this Sunday then it would be equally lovely to see you on Zoom for the May 10th meeting.

Some links


April Event contact Mary at ucvconnect@gmail.com to receive link and access.


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