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
- Three Debuts
Sue Sinclair, Canadian Literature, December 15, 2013 web
- Two darknesses
Jasmine Johnston, The Goose 12/13, November 2013
- “I spoke to you in yarns”: Emily McGiffin’s Between Dusk and Night
Rod Pederson, Arc 72, The North (December 12, 2013)
- McGiffin evokes nature; Priest inspires kids
George Elliott Clarke, Halifax Chronicle-Herald - August 6, 2013
- The Fishes’ Forgiveness
Rebecca Geleyn, The Fiddlehead, No. 255, spring 2013
About the Author
Emily McGiffin's poetry was awarded the 2008 Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers from the Writers' Trust of Canada and was a finalist for the CBC Literary Awards in 2004 and 2005. She lives in northwest BC.