orient

By Gillian Wigmore

orient
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Orient is the third collection from one of Western Canada's most accomplished poets. Composed mainly of three long poems--an extended meditation on the connection between man and fish, the lament of a big-souled cowboy poet looking up from rock bottom, and a historical envisioning ... Read more


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Orient is the third collection from one of Western Canada's most accomplished poets. Composed mainly of three long poems--an extended meditation on the connection between man and fish, the lament of a big-souled cowboy poet looking up from rock bottom, and a historical envisioning of an intimate relationship between a pioneer and a powerful crone--Orient leaps, sings, burrows down, and orients the reader within its rich ecosystem. The appeal of these poems lies partly in their blend of humility (the open-minded approach), in their force (the taut style, the original vision) and in an astonishing boldness. Wigmore is a "poet of place" in the best sense: "about the big picture."

I had a job and then I didn't

but once I spoke a tavern sermon
that came to me in darkness
and men I knew who crossed the street

who shunned me in daylight
they wept
and that's something

-- from "tavern"

Gillian Wigmore

A library branch manager and the daughter of a veterinarian, Gillian Wigmore has published three books of poems: soft geography, winner of the ReLit Award; Dirt of Ages, shortlisted for the George Ryga Award; and Orient . In addition to Night Watch, she has written a novella, Grayling, and Glory, a novel. She lives in Prince George, BC.

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"[Wigmore's] work is earthy and rich, always skimming close to the bone." -- Ariel Gordon, The 49th Shelf

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