The poems in Stephanie Bolster’s new collection create longings, reveries, and meditations that, though powerfully presented to us, evade the reduction of named emotion. It takes a special subtlety of writing, a delicate handling of image and judgement of details to make what is offstage resonate with such eloquence. This collection reveals Stephanie Bolster writing at the extreme of her craft to bring us a poetry of extraordinary refinement.
Stephanie Bolster’s first book, White Stone: The Alice Poems (1998), won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry and the Gerald Lampert Award. Her second collection, Two Bowls of Milk (1999), won the Archibald Lampman Award and was a finalist for the Trillium Award. Her most recent book of poems is Pavilion (2002). Her work has also received the Bronwen Wallace Award and The Malahat Review’s long poem prize.
Born and raised in Vancouver, she now lives in Montreal, where she teaches creative writing at Concordia University.