East and West

East and West, Laura Ritland's poetry debut, is a book of visions.

Laura Ritland

These are roving poems drawn to defamiliarizing points of view, and are exquisitely attentive to the way the world exceeds our senses ("Cloud deduced cloud/after cloud and cloud.") Beckoningly tender, lucid and intelligent, elegaic without being maudlin, East and West explores the thresholds — or "middle ground" — of childhood and family, diaspora and migration, and how new cultural ideas can disrupt traditional perspectives.

"My bedroom window an escape hatch / to endless sights of coastal stars." Ritland takes the measure of herself"I'm an integer of my own society" — in one of the most distinctive and beautifully turned styles in Canadian poetry. (From Signal Poetry)

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