In the author's own words during an interview for The Toronto Quarterly... "I became interested in Tarot cards in high school. Back then I would do readings for myself and study the symbols in the cards. Gradually I started doing readings for friends and this grew into doing readings professionally. A few years ago I worked for a psychic hotline from home, and between calls I started writing the Arcana poems. I find the imagery in the cards so evocative and natural material for poetry."
"Arcana is a poetic commentary on the 22 Atus with cover art by Jane Estelle Trombley creator of the Arto Tarot. I highly recommend this work to all who seek insights into the Tarot." —Occult Research Bureau
CLARA BLACKWOOD is a Torontonian poet and professional Tarot reader. Her first poetry collection, Subway Medusa (2007), was the inaugural book in Guernica Editions’ First Poets Series, which features first books by poets 35 and under. Her previous publications include the chapbooks Under the Dragon’s Tail (2003) and Visitations (2004), both published by Believe Your Own Press, and Love, virtually, published by Lyricalmyrical Press (2006). Her poetry has appeared in such journals as the Hart House Review, Misunderstandings Magazine, Quills, Rampike, Carousel, and the UK magazine Dream Catcher. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Toronto.
For more information, visit http://www.clarablackwood.wordpress.com/
Date: Friday October 28
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