Poetry. Winner of The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize. A powerful grief book—poems that are not so much elegiac as visionary. STOMATA, Genevieve Lehr's second collection, asks that language shoulder loss, that it reach out centrifugally, at full metaphorical stretch, calling upon all its narrative and lyric resources to be adequate to human tragedy. These losses include immediate deaths, Alzheimer's, abuse, cancer, and—in a remarkable poem—residential schools, and they activate a potent spirituality that calls on a full range of imagistic resources.
Born in Newfoundland, Genevieve Lehr has lived and worked as an ESL teacher coast to coast in Canada. She lives in Halifax. Her poetry has been published in many literary journals, both in Canada and abroad. She is the editor of Come And I Will Sing You: A Newfoundland Songbook (University of Toronto Press, 1985, reprinted 2003). Lehr is the author of the chapbook The Design of Wings (Running the Goat Press, St. John's NL, 2004), and her debut collection was The Sorrowing House (Brick Books, 2004). STOMATA is her second poetry collection.Author City: Halifax, NS CAN