New work by 2019 writer-in-residence Damian Rogers
Acclaimed poet and 2019 writer-in-residence Damian Rogers has published An Alphabet for Joanna: A Portrait of My Mother in 26 Fragments.
Here is how Penguin Random House Canada describes it:
“Throughout her childhood in Detroit, Damian Rogers was never given a satisfactory account of the circumstances that led to her own birth. The ‘truth’ behind the stories she was told by her mother – the free-spirited, beautiful and troubled Joanna – constantly shifted, and Damian was left only with fragments: her mom’s trip to California in 1969 after finishing high school, a mysterious trauma and psychotic break, then a return to Detroit, pregnant. Now, as 40-something Damian struggles to cope with Joanna’s early-onset dementia, she realizes she may never know the full story.
“A riveting portrait of a time and place (the leafy suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, and working class neighbourhoods of Long Beach, California, in the 1970s and 80s), An Alphabet for Joanna is also an unconventional mother-daughter saga, and a creative exploration of how memory shifts and shapes our most intimate relationships. Damian Rogers crafts a unique work that is both a moving memoir and a powerful philosophical reflection on how we build lives out of fragments of stories. And by tracing her mother’s story into the present day, she poignantly shows that even when memory fails, we can remain connected through a web of art, empathy, imagination and love.”