- Between Dusk and Night
- Emily McGiffin
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The cover image is a photograph by Brian Huntington of Hudson Bay Mountain, British Columbia.
Listen to Poems from Between Dusk and Night
Shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Award and the CAA Award for Poetry 2013
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.
"I am undone by Emily McGiffin. Her images and insights create an immaculate architecture for the heart. Sometimes I think I'll never read a good poem again and then she comes along with a book full of them. Astonishing." – Patrick Lane
Emily McGiffin, "The flying shuttle"
Jan Zwicky recommends Emily McGiffin at CBC Canada Writes: "Emily McGiffin is one of the most original writers I’ve encountered in years. She will have none of our age’s irony—she simply sidesteps it. She perceives the world from new angles, giving voice to what others may have glimpsed but have been unable to articulate with such force and clarity. Our relations to the scarred, impoverished, luminous world, and to what is scarred, impoverished, and luminous in ourselves, are rendered with uncompromising honesty in her work.”
Read Emily’s article here.
Poets in Profile: Emily McGiffin - at Open Book: Ontario
Emily McGiffin, winner of the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, has just published her first collection of poetry, Between Dusk and Night (Brick Books). In today's Poets in Profile feature, she reveals how Dover Beach, The Lorax and an old Toyota Tercel played a part in the writing of her first book.
For the full article, go here
- Retail 2012: Brick Books by Jacob McArthur Mooney (Vox Populism, February 3, 2012)
- Wilding the Domestic: Emily McGiffin’s “Between Dusk and Night” by Sarah Bernstein (Lemonhound.com, November 23, 2012)
- Emily McGiffin, "The flying shuttle" by Jan Zwicky (CBC Canada Writes, December 7, 2012)
- Between Dusk and Night by Emily McGiffin by Lori A. May (Northern Poetry Review - January 2013)
- Between Dusk and Night by Emily McGiffin by Mariianne Mays (Herizons, winter 2013)
- CAA Award for Poetry by Judges' Comments (Canadian Authors Association, June 12, 2013)
- Between Dusk and Night - Emily McGiffin by Michael Dennis (Michael Dennis blog, April 29, 2013)
- The Fishes' Forgiveness by Rebecca Geleyn (The Fiddlehead, No. 255, spring 2013)
- McGiffin evokes nature; Priest inspires kids by George Elliott Clarke (Halifax Chronicle-Herald - August 6, 2013)