Kate Braid

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Inward to the Bones: Georgia O’Keeffe’s Journey with Emily Carr


Emily talks of Freud.
I hate him.
It was this new man, Freud,
who made them see only sex
in my paintings.

But Emily slows me down,
shows me
the flowering of ribs and pelvis I painted today.
Here is your desire, she says.
See how you have wished it upon paper.
It is a woman’s mind, a woman’s hand, a woman’s voice
and you didn’t even know.
See how it shines from the inside, out.

Book Details

Book Title:  Inward to the Bones: Georgia O’Keeffe’s Journey with Emily Carr

Book Type:  Poetry

Published:  Victoria: Polestar, 1998. Second edition, Halfmoon Bay , BC : Caitlin Press, 2010.

ISBN:  13:978-1-894759-45-8 and 10:1-894759-45-1

In Print?:  Yes

Available From:  Your local independent bookseller or Caitlin Press

Description:  An imaginary journal that American painter Georgia O’Keeffe might have kept if she and British Columbia, Canada painter Emily Carr, had ever taken a trip together, to New Mexico and to British Columbia. Nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Prize and as one of the Literary Network’s Top Ten Canadian Poetry Books for 1999. Winner of the Vancity Book Award.


“Inward to the Bones is a satisfying union of realism and dream, and required reading for every artist. Kudos to Braid.”
- George Elliott Clarke, The Halifax Chronicle-Herald

“…a compelling narrative about the relationship between place and art, the struggle to be an artist…and about the transformative power of friendship.”
- The Vancouver Sun

“I found Inward to the Bones an intimate way to meet two great women artists as they explore each other’s world.”
- Attractions

“…this poetry is more than beautiful imagery exquisitely wrought. Braid weaves themes inspired by the passion, loneliness, desperation and competitiveness that consume creative geniuses.”
- The Financial Post

“…a compelling series of poems.”
- Quill and Quire