These past few months, before COVID-19 struck us hard, I had been reading and contemplating a remarkable book of poetry, How She Read (Caitlin Press, 2019) by Chantal Gibson. As soon as I saw this book, I knew:
- that I wanted to suggest the poet to Lunch Poems at SFU—was thrilled when our Lunch Poems crew agreed and we were so happy to hear Chantal read from her book.
- that this book was going to be a game-changer and sure enough, it’s been duly nominated as a finalist for a raft of book prizes:
I was therefore delighted, to be invited to review How She Read for The Ormsby Review:
It’s a pleasure to be able to find publication space to “go deep”. Little did I know, that I’d be polishing and editing my piece during those opening fraught weeks in March as COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. Yes, that was way harder than I imagined: hard to concentrate, hard to shut out the world…. Glad and grateful, though, to have persevered, and to have had the privilege to do so. To have spent time with this compassionate, fierce, skilled poet and author.
I’ll be thinking about this book for a long while yet….