Stone Sightings, is a compilation of poetry that seeks to unearth a personal experience of the archetypal feminine and the way she manifests in a woman at mid-life. There are ancient patterns we can identify and traverse: loss, love, alienation; but ultimately, the significance of these and their ability to transform us comes about only through finding the way their meaning manifests in our own lives.
“Madeline Sonik’s poetry invites readers into the landscapes of her heart and mind, taking us deeper and deeper into the source and centre of love and loss, pleasure and regret, the earthly and the imaginary. Madeline plays language like a fine musical instrument, rendering evocative songs of a daughter, a father, a lost love, the other, and always, her selves. If you, too, have loved, felt deeply, remembered, noticed, you will revel in this “work of words” which is at times breathtaking, at times heartbreaking, at times playfully irreverent.”
—Renee Norman, poet/author of the award-winning True Confessions and Backhand Through the Mother
“Madeline Sonik has the sensuality, symbolic sense and surreal turn of a Latina, but a clarity that is purely Canadian. After reading, her poems linger with their disturbing changes of perception and almost feline spells, as if at every line, a black cat crosses one’s path with its intuition. Was it Ezra Pound who said he recognized good poetry when the hair stood on the back of his neck? Mine still stand, long after putting a poem by Madeline Sonik down.”
—George McWhirter is Vancouver’s first Poet Laureate.
“Madeline Sonik’s poems begin with exquisitely observed detail and evocative metaphors which open the poems wide and deep. Stone Sightings takes us on a journey through intense moments in the poet’s life. She is by turns mother, daughter, lover, a woman responsive to beauty and indignant about cruelty—and a woman who falls in love with, but does not stay with, Uriel, the Angel of Death.”
—Elizabeth Greene, poet/author of The Iron Shoes