A Map in My Blood, the second book of poetry by Carla Braidek of Big River, SK, is a collection informed by tradition, but its subject matter crystalizes in the personal search for meaning. Life’s constant flux shifts the perspective and importance of events, and this work represents a lifetime of querying these ideas. Everyday moments and seemingly inconsequential acts are allowed their due while peace and strength show through the loss and effort. In the backdrop, the boreal landscape of northern Saskatchewan comes alive as the forest, the woman, and the language share the journey to find meaning, and this is what creates beauty as much as the carefully chosen words that convey it.
Carla Braidek lives and writes in the boreal forest near Big River, Saskatchewan. Her book Carrying the Sun (Thistledown, 2005) was shortlisted for the Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry. Her work was also published in her chapbook Quickening, the Hagios Press anthology New Saskatchewan Poets, and various literary magazines. Her poetry was included in the full-length documentary, Unplugged — Emma 2010 Collaboration, that was filmed during that time.