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Teva Harrison's illustrated poetry collection to be posthumously published in Jan. 2020

Not One of These Poems Is About You is an extension of Harrison's acclaimed graphic memoir In-Between Days, which explores her experience with metastatic cancer.
Not One of These Poems Is About You is an illustrated poetry collection by Teva Harrison. (House of Anansi Press, David Leonard)

A poetry collection by Teva Harrison, Not One of These Poems Is About Youwill be published posthumously in January 2020.

The Toronto comic creator died at the age of 42 on April 27, 2019. She was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, an incurable illness, at 37.

Harrison began publishing short comics about her declining health and facing the end of her life in the Walrus. These comics were collected in the graphic memoir In-Between Days.

In-Between Days examined how her diagnosis reshaped her life — from socializing at parties and feeling the uncomfortable gaze of others to navigating the western medical system.

The book won Harrison the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for nonfiction and was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for nonfiction.

Not One of These Poems Is About You is an extension of In-Between Days.

"[Not One of These Books Is About You] is, at its core, a book of goodbyes, a thoughtful and determined leave-taking," the book's editor, Meaghan Strimas, said in an email to CBC Books.

"In its pages, Teva says goodbye to the person she was pre-diagnosis, to the world she experienced so deeply and revered so dearly, to her husband, David, to her friends and her family and — not least of all — to her readers."

According to Strimas, the book contains a "remarkable, frank and gut-wrenching mix" of words and images by Harrison.

"This collection is an important addition to Teva's artistic oeuvre. I believe it was written out of Teva's need to begin to reconcile her departure, but also her desire to continue a conversation."

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