Poetry. A polyphonic hymn to Northern British Columbia by one of its boldest, most exciting writers. ORIENT is the third collection from one of Western Canada's most accomplished poets. Composed mainly of three long poems—an extended meditation on the connection between man and fish, the lament of a big-souled cowboy poet looking up from rock bottom, and a historical envisioning of an intimate relationship between a pioneer and a powerful crone—ORIENT leaps, sings, burrows down, and ORIENTs the reader within its rich ecosystem. The appeal of these poems lies partly in their blend of humility (the open-minded approach), in their force (the taut style, the original vision) and in an astonishing boldness. Wigmore is a 'poet of place' in the best sense: "about the big picture." I had a job and then I didn't but once I spoke a tavern sermon that came to me in darkness and men I knew who crossed the street who shunned me in daylightthey wept and that's something —from "tavern"
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Gillian Wigmore is the author of three books of poems: soft geography, Dirt of Ages, and ORIENT, and a novella, Grayling. Her work has been published in magazines nationally and internationally, shortlisted for prizes, and anthologized. She lives in Prince George, BC.Author City: PRINCE GEORGE, BC CAN