by Susan Telfer
8.5" x 5.25" · 72 pages
Release Date: September 2009
House Beneath is the first book from Susan Telfer of Gibsons, British Columbia. Telfer takes on big issues, such as how to write out of a landscape, which despite its beauty, has been the site of much personal pain. From the deaths of her parents to the birth of her children, here are all the elements of the imagination: art, music, the family and a hard earned faith. Writing about human relationships, family and the British Columbia landscape, Telfer encompasses the doubt of growing up within an alcoholic home but also here is affirmation and new hope, and understanding. Telfer is a strong new voice, her lyric poems furnish dreams and the afterlife, even as they do the time before birth.
Susan Telfer's poems have been published in literary journals from coast to coast in Canada. She teaches high school and lives in Gibsons, B.C. with her husband and three children. Susan is the recipient of the Sunshine Coast Arts Council Gillian Lowndes Award which is for a community artist who has demonstrated long-standing achievement and growth. House Beneath is her first book.