Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur
Excerpt from the press release:
For three months Yvonne Blomer travelled by bike with her husband Rupert Gadd through Southeast Asia. A type one diabetic since childhood, she also dealt with the daily challenges of her chronic illness. Part love story, part travel adventure and part medical dance, Sugar Ride explores one woman’s passion for cycling and the roads it pulls her along. Blomer details the couple’s experiences and impressions as they explore Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos and Thailand, four countries with long histories of colonialism and war. Through the use of lyrical notes, past and present speak to each other across time and space.
As If a Raven
As If a Raven is a series of complex portraits – drawing on myth, history and ornithological lore – that are free of poses and that have the force of real feeling. In these poems, Yvonne Blomer offers readers a fresh way of seeing the natural world.
Read a guest post by Yvonne at Canadian Poetries, where she discusses some of the inspiration behind the poem Have You Been Hunting?
The Book of Places
“Serious, playful, and governed by the eye’s apprehension of the familiar as well as the shockingly new, Yvonne Blomer’s Book of Places takes us cycling through Asian landscapes, Britain’s stone cathedrals, and the intimate landmarks of home, where these poems accumulate earthly wonders: rivers and rain, animals, leaves, bamboo’s hollow knock against stone. She drops the pebble of a word into a mirror pool, and its ripples expand into the still pond of the reader’s mind.”
— Pamela Porter, author of I’ll be Watching, Cathedral, and Governor General’s Award winner The Crazy Man
Bicycle Brand Journey
Bicycle Brand Journey is a series of poems based on a cycling tour Yvonne and her husband took in Southeast Asia. The poems are inspired by the trip and the game of cribbage – a game they played on rainy days and in quiet villages. Ultimately, though, these are love poems. Poems that reflect on the connection between two cyclists and the world they cycle through; a world we all inhabit and influence as human beings. They are poems centered on humanity. This project was a deep and direct collaboration as Regan took the poems and crafted visuals offering an entry point into each poem – a glimpse – while leaving space for individual interpretation. The cards, housed in hand-made folders, are digital reproductions of originals comprised of text and mixed media drawings. There are 14 poems in total – as if two people were playing cribbage, with a dummy hand, a card for the cut and a Joker. The gold dot paper recalls the pegging holes in a cribbage board. The cards can be arranged and rearranged for reading, just as a deck of cards can be shuffled.