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Soft Geography

by (author) Gillian Wigmore

Caitlin Press
Initial publish date
May 2007
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2007
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  • Age: 13
  • Grade: 8


2008 Winner of the ReLit Award for Poetry Shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize

"What a wonderful, fresh voice Gillian Wigmore brings to the page. These wise poems know the push and pull within family. They reveal the tender truths behind the rough edges of small-town life. Her voice resonates with authenticity, and whether she is writing about a near drowning or ice fishing, she is ultimately writing about the complications of love. These are poems you will not soon forget." - Robert Hilles, Governor General's Award-winner for Poetry

About the author

Gillian Wigmore grew up in Vanderhoof, BC, and graduated
from the University of Victoria in 1999. She has been published in Geist, CV2, filling station, and the Inner Harbour Review, among others. Wigmore won the 2008 ReLit Award for her work Soft Geography and was also shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Prize. She lives in north central BC with her husband and two children.

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Soft Geography

Rugged and rough images of nature, its harsh power and cold brutal charms, are what these poems leaves in the reader’s mind. The images contain a life of their own, where cars are caves and tents have bones. Everything is made into natural beings and there is a haunting allure to the ideas, cold but full of vitality and thus comforting in its way. Wigmore brings the past and present beauty of BC into relief. Images of death, life, love, sex and time contain the same stark, wintry feeling of the environment that she lives in.

Gillian Wigmore is also the author of home when it moves you.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2007-2008.

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