Canada's 150 Year Anniversary

Lyrical lines give readers a break from reality



JUNE 7, 2012 

Fraser Valley writer Emily Isaacson sat down some time ago and wrote a daily blog of poetry for more than six months. The fruits of her artistic discipline can be found in her book, Poem of the Day.She will launch her third book, The Sunken Garden, as a guest of the Poets Potpourri Society of Abbotsford and its Blue Moon Reading Series on June 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Clearbrook Library.

The Sunken Garden is inspired by one of her favourite childhood haunts, the colourful rejuvenated quarry at Butchart Gardens in Victoria."There is a moment at dawn and twilight each day, when fragrance permeates the silence and a waft of perfume comes from the oiled perfection of the Sunken Garden. At its far end is a huge fountain that would light up in multi-colored rays at evening's end," she recalls at her blog site.

Isaacson, 36, figures she's written more than 1,200 poems. Her postmodern poetry is colourful, lyrical and even magical in its break from realism. Topics are varied, but a common theme is her comparison of nature to human nature, and a discourse back and forth between the naturalist and the philosopher. Her use of classic forms such as rhyme schemes, syllabic poems and English sonnets prevail over free verse.                                                   

Isaacson has served on the board of the Mission Arts Council for three years, and is currently on the board of The Waterhouse Foundation. She graduated from Bastyr University in 1999. The founder and director of the Emily Isaacson Institute, she has set up a nutrition program for the First Nations People and opened the Health and Wellness Clinic for quality nutrition care in Abbotsford. She has exhibited as a solo artist at the MAC gallery in Mission. Her first published book of select verse in three volumes was titled The Fleur de Lis and has enjoyed much acclaim.

Isaacson will be signing copies of The Fleur de Lis on June 9 from 1-3 p.m. at Sumas Mountain Coffee Co., 32750 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford.The Clearbrook Library is at 32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford. See more at You can get a taste of Isaacson's work at

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