A polyphonic hymn to Northern British Columbia by one of its boldest, most exciting writers.
orient is the third collection from one of Western Canada’s most accomplished poets. Composed mainly of three long poems—an extended meditation on the connection between man and fish, the lament of a big-souled cowboy poet looking up from rock bottom, and a historical envisioning of an intimate relationship between a pioneer and a powerful crone—orient leaps, sings, burrows down, and orients the reader within its rich ecosystem. The appeal of these poems lies partly in their blend of humility (the open-minded approach), in their force (the taut style, the original vision) and in an astonishing boldness. Wigmore is a ‘poet of place’ in the best sense: “about the big picture.”
I had a job and then I didn’t
but once I spoke a tavern sermon
that came to me in darkness
and men I knew who crossed the street
who shunned me in daylight
and that’s something
Gillian Wigmore is the author of two previous books of poems: soft geography (Caitlin Press, 2007), winner of the 2008 ReLit Award, and Dirt of Ages (Nightwood, 2012), as well as a novella, Grayling, (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2014). Her work has been published in magazines, shortlisted for prizes and anthologized. She lives in Prince George, BC.
More Brick Books by Gillian Wigmore:
- orient – eBook (2014)