The Brightest Thing

In her first full-length collection, award-winning poet Ruth Daniell offers work that is both earnest and hopeful, even in the face of trauma. In formally-exquisite and lyrical poems, The Brightest Thing tells the story of a young woman who is raped by her first boyfriend and her struggle afterwards to navigate her fairy-tale expectations of romantic love. This contemporary story of hurt and healing is paired with poems that give voice to silenced princesses from fairy tales—including Rapunzel, Donkeyskin, the little mermaid’s sister and the princess who feels the pea beneath two hundred mattresses. At turns heartbreaking and joyful, with an unabashed eye for beauty and an unapologetic hope for love, Daniell questions the pursuit of “happily ever after,” and probes deep into darkness while looking into the light.

Ruth Daniell

Ruth Daniell is an award-winning writer whose poems have appeared in Arc Poetry MagazineGrainRoom magazine, Qwerty, the Antigonish Review and Event. The recipient of the 2013 Young Buck Poetry Prize with CV2 and the winner of the 2016 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest with The New Quarterly, Daniell is also the editor of Boobs: Women Explore What It Means to Have Breasts (Caitlin Press, 2016). She holds a bachelor of arts degree (honours) in English literature and writing from the University of Victoria and a master of fine arts in creative writing from the University of British Columbia. She lives with her family in Kelowna, BC.

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  • author was previously published by Caitlin Press as editor of Boobs, an athology of women's experiences with breasts, as well as in Arc Poetry Magazine, Grain, Room Magazine, Qwerty,
  • author awarded first prize in the 2016 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest with The New Quarterly
  • author is well supported by her peers and community as an outspoken voice for feminist poetry
  • subject matter is a perfect fit for the generations of women brought up on Disney princesses and traditional fairy tales
  • reminiscent of Margaret Atwood's Bluebeard's Egg
  • strong contender for literary prizes such as Griffin, Fred Cogswell, Dorothy Livesay, Pat Lowther