Reviews

To support writers and their publishers, The Malahat Review posts the book reviews appearing in its print edition as each issue is published. They are arranged below by genre and within each genre, by author, listed in alphabetical order of last name. Some of the reviews posted below are expanded versions of the reviews that appeared in the print edition. Years listed are publication dates, not review dates.

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Spotlight Review:

Inquiries

Of the many people that have alluded to the stage of childhood possessing a sort of “magic”—through innocence, imagination, or some combination of the two—few of them have been able to capture that magic and store it, perhaps in a refrigerator, where it could be well-preserved and taken out, intact, to be experienced rather than to be explained. Michelle Porter makes no outward reference to such a trite thing as childhood magic. Yet her debut collection of poetry, Inquiries, summons a powerful magic nonetheless. For the speaker of these poems—who is Métis, experiences poverty, racism, the hum of instability
that comes with chronic relocation, and who, perhaps most notably, often speaks as an ensemble of children rather than with a singular voice—magic isn’t a party trick: it’s survival, and one of the most powerful spells in the speaker’s arsenal throughout the course of the poems is that of witnessing.

Read the full review by Délani Valin.

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