Gaspereau Press ¶ Printers & Publishers, 2021
The poems in If, When link the author’s contemporary experiences while living in Squamish, British Columbia, with those of her great-grandparents, who lived in the nearby mining town of Britannia a century earlier. Exploring the complex layers of relationship that make up a place—the many interactions and negotiations that transpire as different people live and work together within a specific environment—Bren Simmers offers a fresh and empathetic take on the inevitable tensions between land stewardship and economic development, finding, ultimately, much potential for connection and community.
“Annick MacAskill Reviews Bren Simmers Work of Labour and Inheritance” in Atlantic Books Today
Review on Rob McLennan’s Blog
Conversation with Susan Gillis at Concrete & River