With awe and wonder leading the way, Leedahl's poems chronicle a journey that speaks of resilience, of joy experienced in simple things, and of the solace in discovering--finally, and late in life--exactly where one belongs. Leedahl's fifth poetry collection lyrically documents major life transitions and reveals how loneliness--the other contemporary epidemic--compels one to keep moving. .
About the author
Shelley A. Leedahl is the author of thirteen books, including four previous poetry collections; an adult and a juvenile novel; short story collections; creative nonfiction; and the illustrated children's books The Bone Talker and The Moon Watched It All. She also writes for commercial markets, worked as a radio advertising copywriter in AB and SK, and writes dozens of book reviews annually. Leedahl has been awarded International Fellowships for prestigious artist residencies in the US, Mexico, Spain, and Scotland. She presents across the country. In 2020 she received a Canada Council for the Arts' Digital Originals Grant for her literary and musical podcast "Something Like Love". Shelley lives in Ladysmith, BC, and is often on hiking trails or in her kayak.
Go. What an unassuming title for a substantial book by such a good writer. Beauty is close and moving in the hands of this poet ... she doesn't look away from the hard parts of life. "Winter, you love the scars of me." These poems brim with surprise. They are poems of being present and "where we are truest". There's a movement toward hope, and an undercurrent of healing that passes from poet to reader.
--Bruce Rice, Saskatchewan Poet Laureate 2019-2021, and author of The Vivian Poems, and Life in the Canopy
"I love these new poems and find the writing irresistibly energetic and imaginative. It's a beautiful, bountiful piece of work." --Barry Dempster, author of Invisible Dogs, Love Outlandish, and The Burning Alphabet
"A distinctive voice, employing language restraint to evoke mystery ... the work is imagistic and narrative with an acute sense of what to leave out to entice the reader."
--Marilyn Dumont, author of A Really Good Brown Girl and The Pemmican Eaters
"These are carefully spoken love poems in a style that is constant and sure." --Fred Wah, former Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate and author of Diamond Grill and Waiting for Saskatchewan