A Familiar Shore

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During the time of the Iron and Clay Empire, a saint who melts the snow with his feet sets out to preach to the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver in A Familiar Shore. His Goliath is poverty and injustice, yet his sling holds only one stone, a minstrel who is a prolific songstress. A poet and florist named Sea, and her daughter Rain, tell of a brush with nature in years of reparation from cancer. Sea chronicles her journey as she meets Raven, a former prostitute, by the sea in Tofino, and a medicine woman of the Stó:lō band, the People of the River.

Emily Isaacson features the woman identity in her art depicting the survival of an ancient people in the Northern Hemisphere. Her storytelling of the sacred circle to preserve the traditions and ways of the four medicines and the four directions includes both free verse and prose poetry. Her palette of postmodern hues etches her lyric and verse into a glorious classical composition, accented by ocean thunder, and with solitude as its rest.

Eventually, the prophets will come to Mission. They will meet the First Nations People in all their ceremony at the longhouse. Will this be a prophetic moment when heaven touches earth? Twelve nations will play a role in this waiting for the healing.


Praise For…

“I took up my favored pen / and the meter of the salt roar, / the splendid gathering of stony shells / and aged driftwood / splashed off the pages…”

This lyrical mythic collection with its motifs of healing and nurturing will transport you to places you have never been, in the company of surprising characters and creatures.

—Violet Nesdoly
Author of Destiny’s Hands


Poets In Canada

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The Wild Lily Institute was founded in 2005, and is located in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, Canada. 
The Wild Lily Institute is dedicated to literature, the arts, and medicine, in the tradition and ways of the natural earth, preserving the legacy of Emily Isaacson and her healing modality, nutritional science. 
The furthering of youth through the arts involves creativity. The Institute is first in the creation of postmodern poetry and second in the distribution of literature. We participate in, as well as fund, nutrition research and education for community development. The Institute is engaged in inspiring youth to become guardians of the Sacred Circle, using restorative justice principles. Emily has trained in Restorative Justice in both Mission and Abbotsford, and teaches others on the road of reparation using circle keeping. Emily Isaacson is the author of a children’s book called Little Bird’s Song which is a rare book in its field about the nature of self-actualization and healing.  Emily Isaacson is also the author of twelve poetry books. The collections of the select poetry of Emily Isaacson can be purchased here. To learn more about Emily’s postmodern poetry that shaped the Institute, visit The Literature Portal.
Emily Isaacson worked as a professional photographer of British Columbia (PPABC) from 2010-2012. She exhibited in 2010 at the Mission Arts Centre, where she served for three years on the board of directors of the Mission Arts Council. Visit her Voetelle portfolio where she presents her scenic historical landscapes of the Fraser Valley in her many analog exhibits.
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Canadian Poetry

“Discover poetry through the eyes of Emily.” 
Emily Isaacson is a Canadian postmodern poet who employs verse to transcend the measure of the ordinary for the life of the spiritual and divine. Her love poems are modeled after some of the epic works of early writers and her purity of heart belays an even deeper sentiment than love, but that of the serenity of covenant, and of the severity in a contest of wills between the earthly and the celestial. Her interior model draws us deeper into the pursuit of the extraordinary life as her relationship with her Creator in prayer boldly colors her world. An artist transforms the burden of their solitude into art, and so Emily does in poetry. Her accounts of nature, cultivation, childhood, and transcendence in her book House of Rain are joyful and riveting. Here her syllabic and often rhyming poems communicate a line structure and rhyme scheme, with most stanzas boasting a length of a predictable six line or seven line structure. The naturalist and the philosopher converse back and forth using the natural world as medium. Their relationship provides the intimate foundation for their insights and experiences of humanity and its habitat throughout the poetry. Her daily work to create a poem with rhyming or syllabic content show her bent toward classical form and literature, with a thesis of verse.

Emily Isaacson is an incredibly strong-willed woman and poet, dedicated to her cause, and gifted in rallying others to change in the areas of literature, art and medicine. She poignantly appoints her gifts as modern contemplatives to a nation in need of reviving. They together assure that love is the common force of humanity, and imply that change and renaissance must begin within the human spirit. The nature of uprising in search of freedom of democracy should not stem from anarchy of the soul but from the desire for the spiritual life: peace and peace at all costs.

Emily’s triangular passion for both myth, art, and liturgy have produced poetry with spectacular bent toward cultivating wisdom in the hearts of youth, producing the mind of contemplation, and the giftings of compassion and empathy. Her training in restorative justice and non-violence have led her to deeply consider and value the words of each person that shares with her, particularly in the exercise of the circle, circle keeping, and the “talking piece” which gives the bearer permission to speak. It is with this permission that she shares her poetry, deeply heartfelt and telling of a spiritual journey she has embarked upon without fear of the unknown.

Emily’s journey into the Divine is marked by her use of words, and lack of words where no words are possible. In this she achieves silence throughout, the ability to quiet the soul in anticipation to receive from a higher source. Where we are in need of someone to take us by the hand into the realm of understanding, this she does with mirror-like tranquility and a serenity purchased from nature at great cost. Her praise and painting of the natural world vow a deep solitude found only where modern society has left no footprint. She reverts to the postmodern understanding of life through characterization and a humble relinquishment of convenience for a deeper glance and resonant line from the one whose approval she seeks most. Emily is most in her genre when composing for an audience of one, and thus she pleases the singular reader.

Emily approaches the field of literature from the perspective of botanist, scientist and artist, in fact photographer. Her captures portray the species of the human race in its most natural surroundings. Her understanding of behavior and emotion stem from her studies in nutrition and psychology, and she rises above the rest with her characterizations of the indomitable human spirit amid adversity and persecution. She is a martyr’s dream, with the portrayal of life’s greatest reward for those who are most hard-pressed and overcome.

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