Poetry. Winner of the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize. The poems in this collection reach for something other than truth, the marvelous. Leaves fall out of coat sleeves, Gandhi swims in Burrard Inlet. The poems are like empty coats from which the inhabitants have recently escaped, leaving behind images as clues to their identity. There are leaps between logics within the poems, and it is in these illogical spaces where everything comes together, like the uplift of the conductor's hand to begin a piece of music where, as Arvo Part put it, the potential of the whole exists.
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Eve Joseph lives and works on the unceded traditional territories of the Lekwungen peoples. Her first two books of poetry The Startled Heart (Oolichan Books, 2004) and The Secret Signature of Things (Brick Books, 2010) were both nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Award. She was awarded the P.K. Page Founder's Award for poetry in 2010. Her nonfiction has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards and won in the "Gold" category of the Western Magazine Awards. The first edition of In the Slender Margin, published by HarperCollins in 2014, won the Hubert Evans Nonfiction Prize and was named one of the Top 100 Books of the Year by the Globe and Mail. Her most recent book of poetry Quarrels (Anvil, 2018) was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Prize, The ReLit Award, and won the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize.