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Shawna Lemay

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in Edmonton, Canada


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September 2008

Shawna Lemay is the author of six books of poetry, a book of essays, and an experimental novel titled, Hive, which is about the possibility of the existence of a woman art forger.

Rumi and the Red Handbag, a novel, is her latest book.

All the God-Sized Fruit, her first book, won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Calm Things: Essays was shortlisted for the Wilfred Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction. She has an M.A. in English from the University of Alberta.

There’s a poem by the Canadian poet, Gwendolyn MacEwen, titled “Let Me Make This Perfectly Clear” which is rather intense and marvelously clear, in fact. She begins, “Let me make this perfectly clear. / I have never written anything because it is a Poem.” Notice, the capital P, Poem. And then her poem, direct and forthright and firm throughout, ends:

Do not think for one minute it is the Poem th...

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Rumi and the Red Handbag

3.86 avg rating — 56 ratings — published 2015
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Calm Things: Essays

4.71 avg rating — 14 ratings — published 2008
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4.67 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 2014
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Hive: A Forgery

4.67 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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Against Paradise

4.33 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 2001 — 2 editions
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Blue Feast

4.80 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 2005
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All the God-sized Fruit

4.50 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 1999 — 4 editions
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The Red Velvet Forest

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2009
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Shy: An Anthology

4.07 avg rating — 15 ratings — published 2013
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“How to recognize what is real? To know the layers and depths of oneself, to know how to open, to know how to fill a capacious hold-all, to know one’s own quirks and nervous twitches, cravings and transparencies, and, above all the force, literally the force, of events, connections, the wild calm in every thing. ”
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“Yet I never sought what is real, yearned for the real, but rather I have yearned for dreams more than solid things. I can say I love the textures of dreams. The way they hover and almost taste. The clouds and darkness that linger behind, mostly unseen. And the palette of dreams. You can almost taste the colours, they seem as words on the tip of the tongue, unsayable as pomegranate seeds, unsayable as thick cream, the darkness of such a thick cream. This is why I am obsessed with dreams. They know what we cannot. Night after night they try and tell us the impossible. Dreams are secret and closed, and also contain everything, gushing, splayed open. Dream suitcases, carpetbags, hold-alls. They influence us secretly and they draw me to travel to nowhere, to beauty’s passage, through halls of mirrors where I know I am not myself, I know I am sublime. ”
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“I pastiche, I quote, I lie. Fake, forge, forage, fabricate, copy, borrow, transform, steal. I illusion. I’m a genuine deceiver, a shy sham artist.”
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“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Howard Thurman

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”
Henry James

“To be happy is to be able to become aware of oneself without fright.”
Walter Benjamin

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
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“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”
Neil Gaiman

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