by Beth Gobeil
Paperback (Strike Fire/Poetry)
7.5" x 5.25" · 80 pages
Release Date: November 2015
This is a mother’s story, a son’s story and the story of a family’s journey through Cystic Fibrosis. Breathing Room begins at the point Beth Gobeil’s son Donovan is diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. Through her compelling narrative poems she provides striking insights as a family struggles with illness and imminent loss. Then a crisis takes a turn that casts new light on a moving journey and how a single life can make us all stronger — more human.
“Beth Gobeil accomplishes the difficult task of writing about one’s own child without falling into teary sentimentality. Her poems have a clarity of language, an openness that invites the reader in. Here are life affirming poems, a compelling poetic story filled with honesty and perseverance and a rare courage.” —Linda Monahan
Beth Gobeil has published her poetry in Transition magazine and in the anthology Skating in the Exit Light. Her work has been performed both provincially and nationally several times on CBC Radio's Sound X Changeprogram. She studied creative Writing at Saskatchewan Polytechnic (formerly SIAST) and attended Sage Hill Writing Experience under the tutelage of poet Priscilla Uppal.
She lives with her husband Laurier in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan where she teaches preschool. They are parents of four children, and grandparents tpo two amazing grandchildren. Breathing Room is her first book.