- Poetry Map
Poems with an urgent desire to discover a way to be in right relation to other creatures and to the earth itself.
There are many journeys encompassed in the pages of this mature and well-crafted first collection; literal travels to different parts of the world, to Europe and Africa, are the outward manifestation of the inward quest, the asking of the old but still essential questions: What is real? What is true? What is honourable? What is right? Yet these questions are new in that the poet is deeply concerned with the need to find a new paradigm, a new way to relate to the earth at this time of ever-heightening environmental crisis. And this seeking for how to be in and of the earth is paralleled by a personal search for intimacy with her fellow humans.
Throughout the collection, McGiffin never forgets that we are also animals, that we are as vulnerable at twilight, in “the wolfish light,” as any other creature struggling to complete its brief sojourn on earth.
Emily McGiffin’s poetry has received awards from the Writer’s Trust of Canada, the Canadian Authors Association and has twice been a finalist for the CBC Literary Awards. She was born and raised on Vancouver Island and currently makes her home in northwest BC where she works for Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition.