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.
“At some point it will happen, reading will turn into seeing: a lace curtain will dissolve into a billowing nightgown, a shifting glacier, a snowdrift piling in the corner of the eye. Girl running leads us through grief ’s secret landscapes—she sprints the motherfield all the way across centuries home—where language breaks into wavelength, space collapses into generosity and ‘longing is no longer longing but something else.’“
—Jennifer Still, author of Girlwood and Comma, winner of the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry