Tell: Poems for a Girlhood

By Soraya Peerbaye
Edited by Beth Follett

Tell: Poems for a Girlhood
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A collection of poems partially based on the Reena Virk murder case. Virk was an Asian adolescent whose drowned body was found in the Gorge Waterway in a Victoria, BC suburb, in 1997. Some of the poems use found material from court transcripts. The murder made international ... Read more


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A collection of poems partially based on the Reena Virk murder case. Virk was an Asian adolescent whose drowned body was found in the Gorge Waterway in a Victoria, BC suburb, in 1997. Some of the poems use found material from court transcripts. The murder made international headlines due to the viciousness employed by Virk's assailants: seven girls and one boy between the ages of 13 and 16, five of whom were white. The poems examine in part the poet's remembrances of girlhood, the unease of adolescence, and the circumstances that enable some to pass through unhurt.

Soraya Peerbaye

Soraya Peerbaye's first collection, Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (Goose Lane, 2009), was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award. Her poems have appeared in Red Silk: An Anthology of South Asian Women Poets (Mansfield, 2004) and the upcoming chapbook anthology, Translating Horses (Baseline). Peerbaye lives in Toronto.

Beth Follett

Beth Follett lives in St. John's and is the publisher of Pedlar Press. Her first novel, Tell It Slant, was published in 2001 by Coach House.

 

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These are marvellous poems, deft, rich, searching, and with remarkable range: tender in recalling her father's French and Creole roots, spare and brilliant in depicting the landscape of Antarctica. For Peerbaye words connect lives across time and space. Reading her poems sharpens our own connection with the world. -- John Steffler, author of The Grey Islands

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