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Tell: poems for a girlhood

Soraya Peerbaye's book of poetry was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2016.

Soraya Peerbaye

A collection of poems partially based on the Reena Virk murder case. Virk was an Asian adolescent whose drowned body was found in the Gorge Waterway in a Victoria, BC suburb, in 1997. Some of the poems use found material from court transcripts. The murder made international headlines due to the viciousness employed by Virk's assailants: seven girls and one boy between the ages of 13 and 16, five of whom were white. The poems examine in part the poet's remembrances of girlhood, the unease of adolescence, and the circumstances that enable some to pass through unhurt. (From Pedlar Press)

Tell: poems for a girlhood was shortlisted for the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize.

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Poet Soraya Peerbaye on her book based partly on the murder of Reena Virk. "Tell" was a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize. 3:58

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