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A singular memoir from one of Canada’s most compelling poets.
alfabet / alphabet is the record of Sadiqa de Meijer’s transition from speaking Dutch to English. Exploring questions of identity, landscape, family, and translation, the essays navigate the shifting cultural currents of language by using an eclectic approach to storytelling. As such, fellow linguistic migrants to anglophone Canada will recognize elements of their experience in alfabet / alphabet, while lifelong English speakers will perceive their mother tongue in a new light.
Praise for Sadiqa de Meijer
“A voice of authority and grace.” – Michael Crummey
“These lucid, penetrating meditations on language, loss, and identity glow with the tempered beauty of sea glass. English is Sadiqa de Meijer’s adopted tongue, but her voice sounds as strong as a breaking wave, mellifluous as running water. What is the Nederlands for peerless?”– Susan Olding