open is broken

A groundbreaking collection of poetic essays and suites of word-play poems, in which Warland accessed the feminine erotic power of language by excavating etymology. Writer Robert Kroetsch wrote: “… at once a philosophical poem and an aphrodisiac…It is poetry that glows in the dark.” Barbara Godard wrote that these poems were a “breaking open of the exquisite silence shrouding female desire.”

Almost 40 years later, these poems still startle and delight. Warland wrote this collection in concert with Daphne Marlatt’s Touch To My Tongue.

1984 Longspoon Press