The poems in Thin Air of the Knowable, published by Brick Books this spring, unpack the light and dark of daily life in the larger context of humanity’s griefs and quandaries. The physical landscapes of my life in Barbados, on the prairies, and on the west coast, often reflect the inner geography of my preoccupations. I find landscapes also function metaphorically to suggest how historical settings play out in the exigencies of individual lives.
“Wendy Donawa’s poetry rests at the very edge
of beauty where a wild delicacy resides.”
“Like the watchmakers of old, Wendy Donawa puts a spyglass to her eye and fixes her vision to the minute, to all that carries on beneath our imperfect sight—worlds upon worlds brought into the sharpest foes.”
THIN AIR OF THE KNOWABLE, published by Brick Books in 2017, was long-listed for the Raymond Souster Award and short-listed for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award in 2018.
REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS of The Thin Air of the Knowable
49th Shelf offers to “find your next great Canadian read”, with its ongoing reviews of all things Canadian and literary
From my window’s ocean view, to Victoria’s bookstores, literary fests, and poetry community, Open Book’s interview encouraged me to sing the praises of Victoria as a home for poets.
All Lit Up offers “emerging, quirky, and unabashedly Canadian literature …the best books this country’s independent publishers have to offer….serves as a community bookstore for readers with no local option”.
Roll of Nickels does a who-what-when-where of new literature, and includes my poem "On Looking into David Blackwood's Seabird Hunters".
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