Bren Simmers

Bren Simmers is the author of four books: If, When (2021), Pivot Point (2019), Night Gears (2010) and Hastings-Sunrise (2015), which was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award. Her work has won the CBC Poetry Prize, The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize and the Arc Poem of the Year Award. She lives on Epekwitk/Prince Edward Island.

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The Work
Bren Simmers

2024 / Canadian Poetry / $23.95
9781554472666 / Trade paper / 80 pp

The poems in The Work engage with the work of love and loss and the hope that we might somehow learn to carry our portion of grief. Simmers writes of churning in an accumulation of losses—the sudden death of her father, the descent of her mother into dementia, her sister-in-law’s terminal illness—and of the work of slowly making wholeness out of brokenness. Her writing fosters a vulnerability and wit that sidestep easier tropes, a reminder that healing often comes through saying “Hello” and “Yes”; a realization that “all this noticing / was love.”

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Other Books by this Author

If, When
Bren Simmers

2021 / Canadian Poetry / $19.95 CAN
9781554472277 / Trade paper / 64 pp
Pivot Point
Bren Simmers

2019 / Memoir/Women, Canadian Poetry / $24.95 CAN
9781554472000 / Trade paper / 112 pp

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