These poems featuring the brilliant, the misfit, and the music of the stars summon us into the heart of what it means to be human and passionate on this wild ride we call life on Earth. Mileva Einstein, the forgotten genius; Josef Stalin's only daughter, as she flies off to the US; Robert Schumann, composing symphonies from an asylum; the view from Mars; horses sensing a predator; the road toward forgiveness - in this gathering of the factual and fantastical, the lyrical and wise, a rich humanity steps forth. Pamela Porter brings her unique sensibilities, combined with an acute intelligence, a sensuous lyricism, as well as a serious wit to the poems in this collection - all of which asks: How did you get here, and how will you get home?
Pamela Porter's work has won more than a dozen provincial, national and international awards, including the Governor General's Award for her novel in verse, The Crazy Man, the inaugural Gwendolyn MacEwan Poetry Prize, the Malahat Review's 50th Anniversary Poetry Prize, the Our Times Award for political poetry, the Freefall Magazine Poetry Award, the Prism International Grand Prize in Poetry, and the Vallum Poem of the Year Award. Her poetry has also been shortlisted for the Pat Lowther and Raymond Souster awards, as well as the CBC/Canada Writes prize. In addition to the Governor General's Award, The Crazy Man was also named the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children, and won the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, among other prizes. Both The Crazy Man and her later novel, I'll be Watching, are required reading in schools and colleges across Canada and the US. Pamela lives near Sidney, British Columbia, with her family and a menagerie of rescued horses, dogs, and cats.