Dust or Fire

Is this life a route or a destination?

Alyda Faber’s assured début examines the ties that bind us to one another and to the Earth we inhabit, and asks the question, What is left of us when we are gone?

In the quiet and unsettling poems of Dust or Fire, Faber speaks from the grief following death to explore the meaning of love and family. She is not afraid of gaps and ellipses, finding music in the silences. Her unflinching gaze explores the imperfections of our fleeting existence, our ambitions and relationships, our flawed humanity. Documenting the search for home, the longing to belong, to love and be loved, she turns to the ways love can curve toward pain, how we carelessly hurt one another, but also how we find the grace to forgive and carry on. Dust or Fire is a moving collection, at once grounding and uplifting.


Alyda Faber

Alyda Faber is the author of Dust or Fire, Berlinale Erotik, and Poisonous If Eaten Raw. Her poetry has appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including Riddle Fence, the Malahat Review, Contemporary Verse 2, and the Fiddlehead. She teaches at the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax.
Chapter Title Contents Contributors Pages Year Price


Jealousy – Cactus Essay – Topsy-Turvy – Inner Tube Run – Grace Unwitting – Treading Ox – Chaste – War Questions – Paperpants – Mole-Sick … 23 $2.30


Leeuwarden Train Station 7 $0.70


Still Life: Reprise – Berlinale Erotik – View of a Spring Evening between Porch Posts – Flesh-Ear – Goldfish – Hoarfrost – ARoS Museum, Aarhus – Accept … 15 $1.50


On Looking Up into a Tree – Death at Five Years – Trespassing – Redress – My Mother, Far and Near – This Love for Mother – Suture – Meditations on Desire … 35 $3.50