I just love a book of poems! I picked up this book quite unexpectedly too over the Christmas Holiday. I just loved the cover. It was quite ambiguous and interesting.
For Katherena Vermette, Winnipeg’s North End where she lives is a neighbourhood of colourful birds, stately elm trees, and always wily rivers. It is where a brother’s disappearance is trivialized by local media and police because he is young and aboriginal. It is also where young girls share secrets, movies, cigarettes, Big Gulps and stories of love. It is also where a young mother is full of both maternal trepidation and joy as she watches her small daughters play in the park.
In this book, the author uses wonderfully sparce language and brief, telling sketches to illuminate the aviary of a prairie neighbourhood. I just love to read about portrayals of such a cold climate where people huddle around the fireplace to get warm. Vermette’s love songs are unconventional and imminent. They examine so much of what prairie living is about.
This collection is a moving tribute to the girls and women, the boys and men, and the loving trouble that has forever transpired between them.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth