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Heart of Goodness / The Life of Marguerite Bourgeoys in 30 poems

In 1653, Marguerite Bourgeoys arrived in New France, determined to bring faith to the developing Ville-Marie community and education to the young women of the colony (now Montreal). Carolyne Van Der Meer delves into the heart and mind of Marguerite Bourgeoys and, through poetry, explores the hopes and challenges she faced as she established the Congrégation de Notre-Dame. These poems, originally written in English, have been translated by the author into Bourgeoys' native French, thus bringing to life the aspirations of this extraordinary woman who changed history. 

Carolyne Van Der Meer’s achievement in these poems is to capture the essence of this remarkable seventeenth-century woman, humble but fiercely determined. She allows us a glimpse into Marguerite Bourgeoys’ soul, to appreciate her deep spirituality and her practicality in 30 intricately-crafted poems which, pared-down and polished, shine like their subject with sincerity, originality and fidelity to essential truths.

Michael Farry, author of Asking for Directions, The Age of Glass and Troubles
Carolyne Van Der Meer has written a fine book that exhibits sharp insights into the life of Marguerite Bourgeoys. The craft is evocative, rich with images and employs a spot on pace and tone. Readers will be enthralled by this portrait of sacrifice, faith, strength and love.
Michael Carrino, author of By Available Light, New and Selected Poems, Some Rescues and Café Sonata

Guernica Editions (Guernica World Editions), Fall 2020

88 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771836395
ISBN10: 1771836393
English, French, Italian, Spanish
Translated from the English
$20.00 Canada, $17.95 US, £11.95 UK