Reviews

Odes & Laments Odes & Laments (poetry)

  • “There is a brilliant simplicity to Odes & Laments (Caitlin Press), a collection that praises the small, mundane and ordinary, while mourning personal and global losses brought by human hands. With this collection, Lam offers delight and despair side by side, inviting the reader to revel in the nexus between love and social responsibility….Odes & Laments acknowledges the tragedy of being, guides the reader through these emotions with grace, and reminds us that there is endless beauty in even the smallest object or moment.” SAD magazine (July 2020)
  • “Direct addresses to… plates, starfish, a sparrow that crashed into glass, feet (very cunning), and streams, draw the reader in, as do poems about wolves, salmon, Canuck the crow….“Spectrum” is an outstanding sequence, often surprisingly funny about a one-month hospital stay. Lam is clearly part of a community, the world at large. Her response to a poem “How to Praise the Mutilated World,” by Zagajewski, is a beautiful “Anti-Litany,” an attempt to find joy in an increasingly polluted, desecrated planet…. ”  League of Canadian Poets (Oct 2020)
  • “There are images of melting ice caps and rising sea levels….The motif of plastic resurfaces throughout the book, standing for over abundance and over consumption, for the lasting physical effect of humans on this planet….The concreteness of these [concrete/visual] poems foregrounds how poetry makes words plastic, in the sense of malleable. The world is plastic, changeable. But the world is also plastic, cling-filmed over with what we have done to it.” Canadian Literature, 241 (2020)

9781987915662   Love Me True (Anthology)

  • “Love Me True, an anthology of essays and poems by Canadian writers on love and marriage, provides ample evidence of what extraordinary writers Canada has produced. Here are forty-seven voices writing sensitively about human relationships, free of cant, cliché, or false sentimentality—often with humour and irony….  [C]ourage, candour, and strong writing with eloquent resonance—makes this an anthology to treasure.”
    – Graham Nicol Forst, Canadian Literature (Fall 2018)
  • Dessa BayroRaspberry Magazine (Summer 2018, pp 48-51) “Crock or Crockery: Is Marriage Worth It?”

Sweeney pb   Enter the Chrysanthemum

intimate   Intimate Distances

Vancouver Sun, Georgia Straight, Arc magazine, Ubyssey available on this website’s Intimate Distances book page and Nightwood Editions website

cowan_300col   Double Lives: Writing and Motherhood (Anthology)

Quill & Quire, Globe & Mail, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, Vancouver Sun,  Herizons, Geist, Prairie Fire) available on this website’s Double Lives book page and on McGill-Queen’s University Press website

rainbowrocket   The Rainbow Rocket 

See this website’s Rainbow Rocket book page and publisher’s website.