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April 28, 2019

Poetry Review: Fahner, Kim. These Wings. Pedlar Press, St. John’s, Newfoundland, 2019.

Full disclosure on two counts: (1) I have zero poetry expertise, and (2) the images that accompany this collection (a striking magpie, gazing skyward, and smooth, speckled, oval bird eggs) drew me in before I had read a word. As a professor who studies bird behaviour and ecology, I am enthralled by all things winged… but would the poetry engage me?

Kim Fahner’s words depict a fierce love of Canadiana, of northern environments, culture, words and art, blended into a cohesive ode to natural beauty. Birds are a recurring presence though not the dominant theme… for me, the fluttering of wings was like a companio...

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