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transplanting seedlings     
a tree frog
on her hand

The poems in Collecting Silence leap and startle. In moving images, they explore both “the unbearable weight” and the joy of life arcing through youth to maturation to aging….The poems remind us of our power to listen, reshape and transform. It is in our silences that memories, our deepest experiences talk to us in a language “we all know without speaking.” 

“A clear, precise voice; Narwani’s intimacy with images is impeccable. She is a fine poet, her grasp of structure and tone informs the heart.”

—Patrick Lane, winner of the Governor General’s Award for Poetry

“These poems ponder the geography and the sentience of our inhabited places, through time, past and present.  Here, prayer wheels are set spinning, a lake is ‘God’s protean eye lined with kohl,’ and an ordinary day is linked to a sinking ferry, a fire, an ice shelf cracking.”

—Yvonne Blomer, author of As if a Raven  & Victoria’s Poet Laureate

The Pleasure of Not Knowing
By Gregory Betts

Published in Eclectic Mix Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 234 (Autumn 2017): 134-135.

  • False Friends by Stephen Cain

  • Collecting Silence by Ulrike Narwani

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