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Luke Hathaway (CA)

Affirmations, The

Affirmations, The

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Shortlisted for the 2023 J.M. Abraham Atlantic Poetry Award • Winner of the 2021 Confederation Poets Prize • One of The Times' Best Poetry Books of 2022 • A CBC Best Poetry Book of 2022 • Nominated for the 2023 ReLit Award for Poetry

"...a trans-mystical work of love and change..."—Ali Blythe, author of Hymnswitch

The mystics who coined the phrase ‘the way of affirmation’ understood the apocalyptic nature of the word yes, the way it can lead out of one life and into another. Moving among the languages of Christian conversion, Classical metamorphosis, seasonal transformation, and gender transition, Luke Hathaway tells the story of the love that rewired his being, asking each of us to experience the transfiguration that can follow upon saying yes—with all one’s heart, with all one’s soul, with all one’s mind, with all one’s strength ... and with all one’s body, too.

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Luke Hathaway is a man and a woman from K’jipuktuk (Halifax) in M’ikmaki. Before now he has been at some time (and with apologies to Empedocles, from whom these words are taken) boy and girl, bush, bird, and a mute fish in the sea. He is the author of three previous books of poetry, Groundwork, All the Daylight Hours, and Years, Months, and Days (these published under his former name), as well as of the chapbook New Year Letter (Baseline Press, 2021). He teaches English and Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s University.

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