Intimate Distances

Nightwood Editions 2002

Finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award 2003

This insightful and grippingly honest debut collection of poems focuses on intimate relationships with family, partners and lovers.  These poems move from childhood through to parenthood, exploring universal themes of grief, struggle, and love.

“It’s [a book] to be savoured. Her approachable and sometimes spine-shivering lyrics zero in on the turning points in the story of one Chinese-Canadian family, her own….”   – George Fetherling, The Vancouver Sun

“The poems are explosive–the family in shards, which the book patiently pieces together. The combination is fascinating…..[E]ach birth, each repetition with a difference, is the rebirth of the whole.”   – Roo Borson

“Here is a journey made with a keen-eyed guide through almost unbearable territories of love…..”  – Kate Braid

“Lam takes the reader through the cycles of death and life with a fine sensitivity, an intense passion, and a resolute courage.”  -Rita Wong

“. . .an overriding sensation of balancing light and dark, of a voice not only finding its place in form, but of testing the limits of painful and intimate territory with candidness and poise .”  – Arc Magazine