Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life By Brian Brett. Recommended by Billeh Nickerson.

Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life By Brian Brett

Published September 2009 Greystone, an imprint of D&M Publishers Inc.

ISBN: 978-1553654742

The Recommend:

Kudos to the jury for the Writers’ Trust of Canada Non-Fiction Prize for honouring Trauma Farm a few weeks ago, in a ceremony, where Brett lamented the award potentially signaled the loss of his outsider status.

(Don’t worry, Brett, you’re safe).

Right from the overture in which author Brett confides that his book isn’t going to have a typical chronological order, the reader can sense this isn’t going to be your usual memoir.

From eggs and gumboots to bureaucracies and nude late night walks, Brett moves from the nitty-gritty to the macro implications with ease.

He takes the stories of his rural farm and distills them through a lifetime’s worth of travel, book reading, companionship, and hard won wisdom.

This book is one giant meditation that celebrates life with bird feather confetti.

I’d recommend it to anyone who has a heart.


About Billeh Nickerson


Billeh Nickerson is the author of The Asthmatic Glassblower, Let Me Kiss it Better: Elixirs for the Not So Straight and Narrow, and his most recent collection McPoems.

He is also the co-editor of Seminal: the Anthology of Canada’s Gay Male Poets, and a former editor of PRISM international and Event, two of Canada’s most respected literary journals.

He divides his year between Toronto and Vancouver, where he teaches at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

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