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I Dreamed I Was an Afterthought

I Dreamed I Was an Afterthought

By Allie Duff

A sometimes satirical reflection on hope in a time of hopelessness, the poems in I Dreamed I Was an Afterthought use stubborn humour to grapple with the anxiety of moving forward during late capitalism. While many of the poems are set in Newfoundland, the book also echoes the universal experience of loss, leaving, returns, and never being able to return. The first section of the manuscript, titled “Some Disasters,” introduces real and imagined catastrophes. The St. Lawrence tidal wave, the history of resettlement, and the Muskrat Falls debacle stand next to poems that live in an imagined future where the capelin refuse to roll and snow refuses to fall. The second section is titled “I dreamed I was an afterthought.” Here, the eclectic poems turn to a more personal perspective of place, my struggles with mental illness, and a feminist exploration of familial relationships. In "Of No Returns," movement through time and space is tinged with the same lurking fear of irreversibility, a fear which has been amplified during the pandemic. There is a yearning for the “before times,” a time which may or may not exist.

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(First Poets)

9781771838894

100 pages |

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Allie Duff is a writer and musician living in St. John’s, NL. Her poems have been published in Riddle Fence, Newfoundland Quarterly, newpoetry.ca, among others. Allie was an honourable mention in in the 2016 Gregory J. Power poetry competition and in CV2's Young Buck poetry prize in 2020