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Girl running

Author: Diana Hope Tegenkamp
ISBN: 9781771872140 Categories: Poetry, Canadian, Women Authors Tags: , , , ,
Publication Date: 30 September, 2021
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5"

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

About the Author

Diana Hope Tegenkamp is a Metis writer who lives and creates on Treaty 6 Territory, Homeland of the Metis. Her writing has appeared in numerous literary journals across Canada, including CV2, Grain, and Matrix, to name a few. In 2020, she was awarded second prize in the Banff Centre Bliss Carmen Poetry Contest and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize.
Diana works across mediums, including film, photography, visual art, performance art, sound and music. Her video performance piece, UNMUTE, was selected for SLANT’s 2021 Writing Bodies festival, and more of her multi-disciplinary work, including film poems for Girl running, can be found on her website, She lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.


“When a veteran multi-disciplinary artist pens a poetry collection, it’s likely that the influence of her other art practices will seep into the pages and make for an original read. This is evidenced in the case of Diana Hope Tegenkamp, a Saskatoon-based poet who also works with film, photography, visual and performance art, sound and music.

Tegenkamp’s debut book is luminous, partly because she juxtaposes the everyday…with insightful assertions…but mostly because Tegenkamp’s just a damn fine writer.”                                                                  — Shelley A. Leedahl

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“Diana Hope Tegenkamp’s debut book of poetry, Girl running, is a fascinating collection filled with vivid language and startling images…Further readings can only bring more revelations which will intensify and solidify Tegenkamp as a poet to be recognized and admired.” — Mary Barnes

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