Review of Second Growth
Delicate and savage by turns, packed with energy, Second Growth dares to re-imagine the Canadian west as a personal landscape, a scarred space both within us and without. Here is a poetry that can leave "the hair on the back of the clearcut bristling/after the sun hisses through," a poetry of human wonder and anguish and, yes, joy. Fabienne Calvert Filteau is a startling poet; this is a beautiful debut.
Steven Price's first collection of poems, Anatomy of Keys (Brick, 2006), won the Gerald Lampert Award, was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Prize, and was named a Globe & Mail Book of the Year. His first novel, Into that Darkness (Thomas Allen, 2011), was shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson Prize. His second collection of poems, Omens in the Year of the Ox (Brick, 2012), won the ReLit Award.