Aidan Chafe of Richmond, as a public school teacher and author of two chapbooks, Right Hand Hymns and Sharpest Tooth, revisited his Catholic upbringing to fashion a series of connected poems about mental illness, Short Histories of Light (McGill Queens 2016). A boy stares helplessly through the walls of the family home, watches "filaments in glass skulls buzzing."; A father's birthmark is described as a "scarlet letter."; Grandma is portrayed as a "forgotten girl on a Ferris wheel of feelings.";


Short Histories of Light (McGill Queens 2016) $16.95 978-0-7735-5276-0

[BCBW 2018]