The Fleece Era

by Joanna Lilley


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A sardonic, stinging wake-up call to the complexities of modern existence

The Fleece Era is Yukon-based, UK-born Joanna Lilley’s first book of poems: a wry and eloquent testament to the intricacies of our various relationships. From the shattered pieces of our environmental puzzles to the labyrinth of family dynamics, Lilley makes these dilemmas come alive. Chillingly sparse, attractively odd and refreshingly frank, The Fleece Era embraces the complexities of human life with an unsettling mix of the sardonic and the compassionate.

On Sunday, my mother made me

help her dig the garden.
She sat back on the heels
of her rubber boots, muddying
the backside of her old blue trousers.

She said: Last week I stuck a fork
into the soil and heard a scream.
She’d stabbed a frog.
She definitely heard it scream.

I was the first person she’d told.

~from “Biology lesson”

Praise for The Fleece Era:

‘These deeply personal poems contemplate the sharp pain of grief and articulate the fragile nature of love and the environment with a humble and resonant voice.’ ~ Clea Roberts


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About the Author

Since emigrating from the UK in 2006, Joanna Lilley has lived in Whitehorse, Yukon. Her poems and stories have been published in Canada and the UK in journals including The Malahat Review, Grain and The Fiddlehead. The Fleece Era is her first collection of poetry. She has also published a book of short stories The…

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Additional Info

  • ISBN: 1-926829-89-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-926829-89-0
  • Pages: 105
  • Year: 2014
  • Dimensions 6 x 8.75 in
  • Category: ,
  • Cover Art: Designed by Cheryl Dipede

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