I received a copy of Shirley Camia’s Mercy through Marías at Sampaguitas for review purposes. As always, this review reflects only my honest thoughts on the book.
by Shirley Camia
Publication Date: 6 May 2019
Expanding breathlessly in the magnitude of loss, Shirley Camia’s fourth collection, Mercy, confronts despair to emerge anew with a bright offering of elegy. Beginning at her mother’s hospital bed, Camia invites readers to keep vigil while she journeys through seasons of bereavement, from the wake to the graveside, and into a year of processing, searching, and healing. Ethereal and elegant, Camia’s reflections are grounded in grief as they do the aching, earth-shattering work of mourning and moving forward.
About the Author
Shirley Camia is a Filipina-Canadian poet. She is the author of four books of poetry, including The Significance of Moths and Mercy. Born in Winnipeg, Shirley has lived across Canada, the Philippines, Japan, and Kenya. She is currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark.