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Likely Stories

by (author) Pamela Porter

Ronsdale Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2019
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    Oct 2019
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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?

About the author

Pamela Porter was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and she lived in New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Washington and Montana before emigrating to Canada with her husband, the fourth generation of a farm family in southeastern Saskatchewan, the backdrop for much of Pamela's work. She is the author of three collections of poetry, and her poems have appeared in numerous journals across Canada and the US as well as being featured on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac. She is also the author of a number of children’s books, including Sky and Yellow Moon, Apple Moon (illustrated by Matt James).


Pamela's first novel in verse, The Crazy Man, received the TD Children's Literature Award, the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award for Children, the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and the Governor General's Award, as well as several children's choice awards. It was also named a Jane Addams Foundation Honor Book and won the Texas Institute of Letters, Friends of the Austin Public Library Award for Best Young Adult Book.


Pamela lives near Sidney, B.C., with her husband, children and a menagerie of rescued horses, dogs and cats.

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