Karen Solie’s new poetry collection, Pigeon, is acclaimed by Quill and Quire as her strongest book yet — “lyrical but gritty, intellectual but tough talking, colloquial yet elegant.” Her poems are infused with a palpable sense of place that reflects the landscapes she knows well, from Banff to Lake Ontario.

This long-awaited new collection follows the success of Short Haul Engine (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and a finalist for the Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize, the Gerald Lampert Award and the ReLit Award) and Modern and Normal (shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and longlisted for the ReLit Award).

Considered one of Canada’s best lyric poets — “Her poems sound as good on the page as they read in the air” (ARC Poetry Magazine) — Karen was raised on the family farm in southwest Saskatchewan and has worked as a farm hand, espresso jerk, groundskeeper, newspaper reporter/photographer and English teacher, as well as teaching at the Banff Centre for the Arts and serving as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta. She has been a judge for the Griffin Poetry Prize and now lives in Toronto.


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