During the time of the Iron and Clay Empire, a saint who melts the snow with his feet sets out to preach to the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver in A Familiar Shore. His Goliath is poverty and injustice, yet his sling holds only one stone, a minstrel who is a prolific songstress. A poet and florist named Sea, and her daughter Rain, tell of a brush with nature in years of reparation from cancer. Sea chronicles her journey as she meets Raven, a former prostitute, by the sea in Tofino, and a medicine woman of the Stó:lō band, the People of the River.
Emily Isaacson features the woman identity in her art depicting the survival of an ancient people in the northern hemisphere. Her storytelling of the sacred circle to preserve the traditions and ways of the four medicines and the four directions includes both free verse and prose poetry. Her palette of postmodern hues etches her lyric and verse into a glorious classical composition, accented by ocean thunder, and with solitude as its rest.
like a pewter pear
find themselves composed of art,
work, of decoration, of travel.
women in their glory,
they move from one location
another in exile and in elocution.
milieu where woman flourishes
the center of life.
the woman identity centers around her,
where she is centered, the arising
her life stands alone in its power.
changes that occur in her hands
by her will speak of the empowerment
a culture and its people.
the nation trembles when
are hurt, marginalized, or abused—
tears of a child are never justified,
the enduring nature of a smile.