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By (author): Gillian Wigmore

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”

AUTHOR

Gillian Wigmore

Gillian Wigmore is the author of three books of poetry, (most recently Orient, Brick Books, 2014) a novella, (Grayling, Mother Tongue Publishing, 2014), a novel (Glory, Invisible Publishing, 2017), and Night Watch: The Vet Suite (Invisible Publishing, 2021), a trio of novellas. A health communications officer, she lives and works on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh 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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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”

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Dimensions:

96 Pages
8.75in * 6in * 0.405in
1.24lb

Published:

October 15, 2014

Country of Publication:

CA

Publisher:

Brick Books

ISBN:

9781926829920

Book Subjects:

POETRY / Women Authors

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Language:

eng

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