Short Haul Engine
Winner of the 2002 Dorothy Livesay Award for Poetry (BC Book Prizes), shortlisted for the 2002 Griffin Poetry Prize, the 2002 Gerald Lampert Award for first book and longlisted for the 2002 ReLit Awards.
Karen Solie takes risks with perception and language, risks that pay off in such startling ways that it’s hard to believe this is a first book. Short Haul Engine is one great twist of fate and fury after another. The writing is clear, striking and open to all sorts of possibilities. Even at their most playful, these poems dive much deeper than initially expected. There’s a remarkably dark sense of humour at work here, but tempered with a haunting vulnerability that makes even the sharpest lines tremble.
from “Signs Taken for Wonders”
… Too delicate for these dog-days,
my sister sews indoors.
I ask her to fashion me
into something nice, ivory silk.
I am a big girl, sunburnt
skin like raw meat, sweating
two pews in front of the Blessed Virgin….
- Some Schemes Shouldn’t Work But Do: The Poetry of Karen Solie — David Wojahn
David Wojahn, Numéro Cinq, May 2016
- Short Haul Engine by Karen Solie
Lyle Neff, subTerrain issue 33 (2002)
- Karen Solie, The Living Option: Selected Poems
rob mclennan, rob mclennan's blog, April 9, 2014
- All Fresh Today – a review of The Living Option: Selected Poems by Karen Solie
Michael Hofmann, London Review of Books, April 2014
- a brief note on the poetry of Karen Solie
rob mclennan, rob mclennan's blog, November 17, 2005
About the Author
Karen Solie was born in Moose Jaw and raised in southwest Saskatchewan. Her first collection of poems, Short Haul Engine, won the BC Book Prize Dorothy Livesay Award and was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Gerald Lampert Award, and the ReLit Award. She lives in Toronto.