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The Affirmations

by Luke Hathaway

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published: Apr 2022
pages: 120
ISBN:9781771964852
publisher: Biblioasis
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"...a trans-mystical work of love and change..."—Ali Blythe, author of Hymnswitch

The mystics who coined the phrase ‘the way of affirmation’ understood the apocalyptic nature of the word yes, the way it can lead out of one life and into another. Moving among the languages of Christian conversion, Classical metamorphosis, seasonal transformation, and gender transition, Luke Hathaway tells the story of the love that rewired his being, asking each of us to experience the transfiguration that can follow upon saying yes—with all one’s heart, with all one’s soul, with all one’s mind, with all one’s strength ... and with all one’s body, too.

Contributor Notes

Luke Hathaway is a man and a woman from K’jipuktuk (Halifax) in M’ikmaki. Before now he has been at some time (and with apologies to Empedocles, from whom these words are taken) boy and girl, bush, bird, and a mute fish in the sea. He is the author of three previous books of poetry, Groundwork, All the Daylight Hours, and Years, Months, and Days (these published under his former name), as well as of the chapbook New Year Letter (Baseline Press, 2021). He teaches English and Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s University.

Editorial Review

Praise for The Affirmations

"The depth of references offers opportunities for entry and distance alike. Ranging freely across centuries of works, sacred and secular, Hathaway’s book, published last week, is as deftly conversant with John Donne as with Auden, as expert in its command of music, metrical and lexical as the maritime landscape. [...] The object [...] of The Affirmations, is not simply reifying what has come before, but challenging, re-imagining, and reclaiming what has been made into a tool of oppression."Ploughshares

"Hathaway’s poetry collection arrives at just the right time. The Affirmations’ silvery, dew-laced spiderweb of intricacy and intimacy connect us simultaneously to myth, futurism and matters of the heart."The Tyee

"Hathaway seems to explore the boundaries of poetic form as it relates to an operatic storytelling, pushing at the edges of older forms with a new hand, and a new eye, and seeing what just might be possible."—rob mclennan

"The Affirmations evocatively asks us to examine this imperfect world in a way that leaves us vulnerable with each other and the earth, alongside Luke."—Shalan Joudry, author of Elapultiek

‘Like his biblical namesake, [Luke Hathaway] offers his own accounting, and so heralds a trans-mystical work of love and change. Driven equally by philia, eros and agape, his poetry pushes for more: more darkness, so you’ll attend your light; more light, so you’ll attend your darkness."—Ali Blythe, author of Hymnswitch

Praise for Years, Months, and Days

“[Years, Months, and Days] is carried by Jernigan’s obvious respect for her sponsoring material and by her superb ear.”New York Times

“Exquisite ... deeply resonant ... There’s often a metaphysical cast to her forthright observations, which makes them both evocative and poignant.”Toronto Star

“[This] small and beautiful book should be on your bedside table even if it is as heaped as mine. Just 4” by 5” and fewer than 70 pages, the book consists of untitled, spare, and simply-worded poems which evoke the cycles of life, the seasons, and human longing for meaning and connection. The poems expand in your head, opening your mind to matters beyond the day-to-day.”Arc Poetry Magazine