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.

*Review space may be limited in our quarterly magazine, but click here to read a list of new books received in our office from January 2019 onwards. Please note that inclusion on the list does not necessarily preclude a print review.*

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Spotlight Review:

Shannon Webb-Campbell

I Am a Body of Land

Unlearning. This is the undercurrent of Shannon Webb-Campbell’s I Am a Body of Land and a response to her controversial and now infamous collection Who Took My Sister? [...] It strikes me that this collection is not an apology. It is an attempt to understand the root of past mistakes, and to move forward causing no further harm. It is an ecdysis, the sloughing off of old skin and the growing into a new one. The result is beautiful and aware, a timely exploration of cultural and generational trauma, identity, and purpose. It is an act of humility, admonishment, and personal and artistic growth. The collection is an intersecting of art and catechism—a new forum for poetry to question its intrinsic role in healing and all the ways in which our own path toward self-understanding can bring unintended pain.

Read the full review by Cara-Lyn Morgan.

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