Nominated for the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher (Manitoba Writing and Publishing Awards)
The fifth collection of poetry from 2002 Bliss Carman Award Winner Tanis MacDonald, feauturing the award winning poem: "Arise and Walk." From Little Orphan Annie to Jezebel, Tanis MacDonald examines notions of fate and how various factors affect destiny. MacDonald's wisdom shines through as this talented poet turns her lens to look at life and love at the beginning of the new millennium. History and precedent reside side by side with the present and the future unknown in this richly layered collection. Vibrant and shining, these poems continue to resonate long after the collection has been read.
"The mixture of formal and conversational language, the finely chiselled images in the taut, lyrical narratives guarantee goosebumps along the reader's spine."
-- Prairie Fire Review of Books
"Tanis MacDonald probes the miracles, accidents, dumb luck, and rogue chromosomes that swirl beneath the surface of who we think we are. MacDonald weaves folklore, history, and myth while keeping her cowboy boots firmly planted on the Canadian soil. Loaded with lyric resonance, yet rich with story, these poems are arrows taut on bowstrings -- crafted with remarkable compression, they are attentive and scary-wise. Written in surrender, in praise, Tanis MacDonald's shining talent is our good fortune."
-- Jeanette Lynes
Tanis MacDonald is the author of three poetry collections, Fortune (Turnstone), Holding Ground (Seraphim), and Rue the Day (Turnstone), and the editor of Speaking of Power: The Poetry of Di Brandt (Wilfrid UP). Holding Ground was nominated for the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award, and for the Eileen Sykes MacTavish Award at the Manitoba Writing and Publishing Awards in 2001. She won the Bliss Carman Poetry Award in 2003, and is associate professor of Canadian literature in the Department of English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.