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Poetry by Bellinda Betker

August 31, 2022 | Trade paperback
ISBN: 9781989398449
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Suppose you finally say, I'm my own person

Suppose you say, No one else is in charge of me

Suppose you tell yourself, I'm nobody's bad girl

Suppose you're that kind of woman. Just suppose. 

In this new revised, expanded edition of her acclaimed debut poetry collection, Phases, Belinda Betker deftly captures what it is like for those who don't fit within rigid notions of what it means to be a "boy" or a "girl." She takes readers on a luminous journey of a young girl's coming-of-age, her burgeoning sexuality, an unhappy marriage, the triumphant release of coming out, and the liberating power of drag. 

In these poems, readers will find a celestial and transcendent re-discovering of the self; an unravelling of society's expectations of gender, love, and desire, and how these falsehoods threaten to eclipse our truth. Phases is mercurial and unpredictable, a celebration of the non-conformist in each of us.

About this Author

Belinda Betker (aka Dyke Van Dick) is a prairie-born poet living in Saskatoon with her Australian wife and their rescue dog, a springer-spaniel/terrier cross. The first edition of this poetry collection was a 2020 finalist for two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Belinda's poetry and award-winning haiku are also published on-line and in various anthologies, literary journals, and chapbooks. Belinda is a founding member of two long-running Saskatoon writing groups, Sisters' Ink and The Obsessors. She was also a founding and longtime board member of the Saskatoon Writers' Collective.

ISBN: 9781989398449
Format: Trade paperback
Pages: 122
Publisher: Shadowpaw Press
Published: 2022-08-31


"A captivating tribute to the lunar and life cycles. Fierce and richly erotic, with acuity and candour her poems shine a bright light onto an intimate world and burst with power and play. Both lovingly tender and don't-mess-with-me tough, Betker's is an empowering voice." - Sandra Ridley, Griffin Prize finalist for Silvija"A significant contribution to LGBTQ2S+ literature. The collection explores the trials of a lifelong journey toward knowing--toward identity--and the wayfinding power of embracing the body's sensual nature...The poems...lean intimately into moments of great vulnerability and great strength." - Clea Roberts, The Humber Literary Review

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