This collection of poetry and light prose deals with womanhood and addiction. It contains reflections on periods during which I was trying to realize myself, to find a place within the world to feel stable, while in the grips of a crippling addiction and a range of unhealthy relationships. The work captures many insights, moods and encounters from childhood through to recovery. It is often said that as addicts we define ourselves in terms of pain. I find that in recovery, I define myself more and more in terms of joy. I can relate to hope, peace and interdependence.
The collection chronicles a spiritual journey out of aphasia in into a life guided and inspired by the grace of God. I hope that other women suffering from addiction problems, especially those who have experienced abuse and homelessness, may find inspiration, empowerment and most of all, healing in these pages.
Then I will do the nothing that I have dreamt of all my life Sit in the middle of a traffic circle With my shoes off gladly Waiting for bells somewhere to register my liberty I will sit writing stories From awkward beginning to tedious end At cafes where black girls just don’t belong I will have my way with every cigarette and lick my lips And whistle I will never want to be a man For bravery is a female trait Along with curiosity
Sarah Attah was born in Calabar, Nigeria and moved to Canada at the age of 8. A gifted story-teller, Sarah paints pictures in poetry and prose depicting the unfolding life of a woman who is learning to understand herself and the world around her. A graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Sarah currently resides in Toronto, Canada and is working towards a career in the field of education.