- We always lie to those we love. That’s why it’s called an “an act of love.”
- Whoever says grief ennobles has never lost a child.
- The worse kind of pain, to miss something you never had, and even worse, never will.
- Expectation is one of the great sources of suffering.
Susan Musgrave’s career as a social misfit began when she was kicked out of kindergarten class for laughing, and sent to the library to contemplate her heinous crime while seated on the “Thinking Chair”. She understood, then, that books and thinking must be considered dangerous, and they became her favourite forms of escape. Not long afterwards she dropped out of kindergarten for good.
Her first book of poetry was published when she was 19. Of Songs of the Sea Witch, her grandfather said, “Even Shakespeare had to write a lot of rubbish to begin with.”
She has since published close to 30 books in various genres including poetry, fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature. She owns and manages the Copper Beech Guest House in Haida Gwaii and teaches poetry in UBC’s Optional Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing. In 2014 she was awarded the Matt Cohen Award in Celebration of a Writing Life from the Writers’ Trust. Her most recent book, a Taste of Haida Gwaii: food gathering and feasting at the edge of the world (Whitecap) was released in November, 2015.
The Litter I See Project will return in January.
(until then, pick up your rubbish!)
And a happy season of light to all…