- winner of the 2000 canadian authors association award for poetry
- shortlisted for the 2000 pat lowther award
- shortlisted for the 2001 milton acorn memorial people's poetry prize
"novelist and poet helen humphreys fourth collection of poetry is an eloquently written, passionate book about language, desire, love, and indecision."
—quill & quire
"with a spare elegance—matching the betty goodwin piece reproduced on the cover—humphreys is doing what most poets only imagine doing. she takes poetry back to its bones in lines like these: "wanting is a word that fills / and empties, a word that, like the sea, remembers / itself each time differently." and not only does she pare poetry to clean lines, her sentences are supple and concise: "every lover is a thief." the words are deliberately devoid of sentiment, yet they manage to convey an eroticism that consistently nudges language into the unruly, though the poet never allows this to happen. the strength of this book lies in its restraint, charged with things that are wild and unspoken."
—the antigonish review
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