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Gulf

by Leslie Vryenhoek

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Shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award. Gulf explores the nature of longing and belonging in a transient culture. From its opening assertion, "A neighborhood, no matter / how known, will not slip whole / into your knapsack," the collection contends home is a portable assortment of minutiae: the taste of dirt, the solace of Home Depot, a pennant of bone. Opening on a child’s displacement, the poems loosely trace the author’s journey from American suburbia to small-town Canadian prairie, a transition aided by sardonic historical figures and a metric conversion chart. As the poems ricochet from coast to coast, Vryenhoek toes the U.S./Canadian border—"that thin line a wide gulf"—until crossing another gulf and arriving in Newfoundland, a place where being from/coming from away still holds sway in everyday dialogue.

About the Author
Leslie Vryenhoek’s award-winning poetry, fiction and memoir have appeared across Canada and internationally. She is the author of Scrabble Lessons (fiction, 2009) and Gulf (poetry, 2011), published by Oolichan. A former Manitoban now based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Vryenhoek is the founding director of Piper’s Frith: Writing at Kilmory. Ledger of the Open Hand is her first novel.
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