A Vernon writer’s newly released book of poems is coming to light.
Michelle Doege’s migration from the U.S. to Canada with her same sex partner propelled her to write poems about border crossings and finding one’s roots in a new land.
The result is her newly released book of poems, Root of Light, which will be launched at the Museum and Archives of Vernon Saturday, Feb. 11. Alongside special guests, Doege will read from her book at 3 p.m.
“Unless we are the First Peoples of this land, our ancestors migrated across oceans for us to be here. Most of our families share a common migratory experience,” said Doege.
It was her own relocation that caused her to reflect on her ancestors who left Germany and Ireland long ago. Through her poetry, Doege also reflects on the many people who cross borders today — often in more treacherous circumstances than her own journey — in search of home.
While living in B.C., trees began to populate her poems — the deep roots of her ancestors, the solid oak of her father, or the fiery greening of her lesbian love.
One section of Root of Light touches upon Doege’s relationship with her father, who the book is dedicated to. It highlights the final days of helping him cross over from life into the unknown.
Doege has been writing, teaching and facilitating poetry workshops in the Okanagan for the past 10 years. Root of Light is her first published poetry collection.