In this stellar debut collection by Métis poet Diana Hope Tegenkamp we find solace and outrage, grief and tenderness, bewilderment and beauty, all “entangled in hope and dreaming.” After many losses—of a mother known and loved, of a Métis father unknown and imagined—the ‘girl’ of this collection is running towards and away from mortality. In these poems, disappearances, perpetual flights, river walks, shadowy descents, and miraculous returns connect daily living and mortality, current social realities and ancient histories, the surface and the subterranean depths of our complicated lives. Lovers of contemporary Canadian poetry will find that this textured collection rewards reading and rereading.
2022 Indigenous Voices Awards for Published Poetry
2022 Saskatchewan Book Awards’ Arts Poetry Award Honouring Anne Szumigalski
2022 Saskatchewan Book Awards’ City of Saskatoon/Saskatoon Public Library Saskatoon Award