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Inquiries

by Michelle Porter

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**SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2020 PAT LOWTHER MEMORIAL AWARD** **LONGLISTED FOR THE MIRAMICHI READER'S 'THE VERY BEST!' BOOK AWARD**
In poems that risk the comingling of anger and elegy, poetry and documentation, humour and the dark spectre of poverty, Michelle Porter’s Inquiries oscillates at its edges, and amplifies the presence of human strength as it keeps company with our enigmatic and ever-present nemeses. This is a startling debut where the line between reality and reality television blurs, where a simple trip to the grocery store unifies mother and daughter in struggle, and where an economics of iniquity proves the existence of love as equality. With wit, poise, raw emotion, and versatility, Inquiries announces the emergence of an impressive new talent.

About the Author

Michelle Porter

MICHELLE PORTER is a part-time freelance writer and journalist and full-time mother living in Saint John, New Brunswick. She graduated from Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta with a B.A. in Communications and Journalism. After working with the Telegraph Journal, New Brunswick's daily newspaper, she decided to work as a freelancer. She has written news and magazine stories, short stories, and radio dramas, and put together the curriculum for a creative non-fiction writing course, which she then taught.
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"This is an exciting ‘old book’. I say old because it feels as if Porter has gone and peeled off all the old conversations of our half-breed, Métis, and Indigenous families from inside our kitchens and crafted them into this amazing piece of work. I so recall growing up and giving every stick of furniture, doors, walls, even the radio and that new TV a personality. Every word inside my house was a poem. Every poem birthed story, and we rattled all of them together, like Porter has done in her kitchen poems, clutch after clutch. There is no book like this ‘old book’. Sharp-edged, beautiful, poignant, funny, and rich with love—and of course, the poetry is spectacular."

— St. Albert Gazette

“In Inquiries, Michelle Porter traces a Métis family’s history, their mother’s resilience, and their complex sense of home despite stark poverty and transience across houses, towns and cities, and rivers. Porter brings a magic realism to her poetry, where the kitchen, the refrigerator, the faucet and sink, the door, all become witnesses, alongside the poet, to the lives lived. Her lyric sings with quiet grace and undeniable integrity. If the people whose portraits are drawn here sought a way out, these poems nonetheless seek a way further in, to the wisdom the experience carries.”

— 2020 Pat Lowther Memorial Award Jury

"All in all, Inquiries is an example of the power of a poet’s pen. How they can distill and summarize emotions, places and events into a few sentences amazes me and always will."

— The Miramichi Reader

"Porter has proven herself to be a deft writer... This book is a breath of fresh, warm baked bread air."

— St. Albert Gazette

"Inquires is thought-provoking in its ability to question, yet reads deeply personal. Lee Maracle describes the work as 'a new old book,' which speaks to Porter’s powerful capabilities as a writer, thinker, and poet... Porter’s poetics carry old world wisdom, in moments the teachings of Elders, and fuses contemporary poetic strategies."

— Muskrat Magazine

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