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Unruly Angels

Buchanan, Diane

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ISBN 10: 189718154X / ISBN 13: 9781897181546
Published by Frontenac House, Limited, Calgary, AB, Canada, 2011
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Title: Unruly Angels

Publisher: Frontenac House, Limited, Calgary, AB, Canada

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

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Drug Treatment Court is the stage for Unruly Angels, but this is a courtroom unlike any other. Here applause is encouraged and both tears and laughter can spontaneously erupt. The audience consists of prisoners, nursing babies, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters, as well as the usual legal and security staff, student nurses and the occasional observer. The actors are people afflicted with drug addictions. Drug Treatment Court is an unusual place for a poet, and addicts and drug addiction may seem distasteful subjects for poetry. But Diane Buchanan sees what poet Carolyn Forché calls a poetry of witness that is neither personal nor political but somewhere in between, "a place of resistance and struggle...By situating poetry in this social space we can avoid some of our residual prejudices." Unruly Angels begins with a warning: This poem is a roiling sea of drug-soaked decay, a Tarot card warning, a tsunami presage, and ends with a promise: Hang in there. It s worth it. In between are soliloquies, sonnets, incarcerations, graduations, conditions, confessions and a whole alphabet of courage. As Mary Oliver writes: "There are in this world a lot of devils with wondrous smiles. Also many unruly angels." In this brave and insightful poetry collection we are taken behind the scenes with the Drug Court team to find that beneath the addict's mask is a terrified angel.

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Diane Buchanan has written numerous pieces that have appeared in anthologies and journals, and has published two collections of poetry: Ask Her Anything and Between the Silences, which was a finalist for the Acorn-Plantos Award for People s Poetry. She has lived in and around Edmonton all her life. A retired nurse, her interest and empathy for people continue to inform her writing.

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