Who We Are

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Who We Are

“Every definition is dangerous,” according to Erasmus. And yet we are all defined in one way or another. One way is by association. For example the inscription on one of two headstones in the garden of Wedgwood Manor: Here Lies The Body Of Lucy Caroline, Daughter Of Josiah Wedgwood And Wife of Commander M.J. Harrison, R.N., Died 25 June, 1912. Aged 72. The other is by rank: Here Lies The Body Of Mathew James Harrison, Commander R.N., Died June 26, 1926 Aged 79. Lucy is identified by whom she belongs to, while Mathew is identified by who he has become.

My collection of erotic short stories, WORD MADE FLESH, breaks with the biological imperative that defines Lucy and Mathew. This collection of stories questions traditional and conventional perceptions of sex and religion, language and sexuality, public nudity and age, body and denial, innocence and attraction, in short, the sensual, sexual and erotic. All of theses stories have been published in magazines and journals (some more than once). If you would like a peek, visit darlenequaife.com.

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Where We Live

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‘Yes, I live in my own little world, but it’s ok, they know me here.’

In that world I’m writing a collection of short stories called BLACK BLIZZARD. Set in 1937 during the Great Depression, the stories also encompass the Spanish Civil War. Canadians from all over our nation, primary unemployed men, joined a special regiment, the Mac-Paps. “Despite their government’s attitude of neutrality some 1,300 Canadians volunteered to fight for Spanish democracy, as members of the Mackenzie-Papineau battalion.

My story “Missing in Action” published in ‘Alberta Views’ and ‘The Best of Alberta Anthology from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’ explores this period. “Missing in Action” was also produced for radio broadcast by CBC and can be heard on my website darlenequaife.com. The print version is also available on my website, menu item Short Stories: 1937: Great Depression.

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