By turns joyous and adventurous, melancholy and nostalgic, Michelle Smith's debut collection of poems showcases a wide-ranging fascination with places, people, and story. Smith's limpid and humane handling of an array of themes, emotions, and styles-her Norwegian ancestry, her Canadian Prairie heritage, the significance of family, the fragility of memory, world travel, ekphrasis, myth, and more-exemplifies the lyric self on a poetic grand tour, or pilgrimage, to meet the world. Framed by imaginative travelogues addressed to Greek gods, dear Hermes... offers readers an escape and an entrance-out of time and into the poet's luminous experience. Readers who appreciate clear lyric and fleet voicing will relish Smith's poetry.
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"This debut collection of poems addresses Smith's Norwegian ancestry, her prairie heritage, themes of family, memory, travel, myth, and more in ways that are joyous and adventurous, melancholy and nostalgic." Prairie Books NOW
"The Greek myths that inform dear Hermes... function both as a device for crafting lyric apostrophes and as a model of travel that embraces the newness of otherwhere alongside the promise of imagination. Three pages of explanatory notes attest to the breath of cultural forms Smith engages in this slim volume.... dear Hermes... proves aptly attuned to the inner and outer workings of story." Travis V. Mason, Canadian Literature 218, Autumn 2013
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