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Robin Durnford (CA)

Half Rock

Half Rock

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“Sick for the language nan speaks,” Robin Durnford’s poems pursue the “dervish verbs” of a torquey local idiom, their punchy rhythms and visceral imagery invoking a sort of barbaric yawp for Newfoundland’s south coast. Whether she’s writing of childbirth, family lore or teenage shenanigans, her work is rooted, her “tongue still twists / in the deserted weeds of barren banks / for recitations, caribou, heroic deeds, and blessèd / fishing coast I cannot leave.”

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Gaspereau Press


Robin Durnford has published two books of poetry, A Lovely Gutting and Half Rock, which was shortlisted for the E.J. Pratt prize. Her work has appeared in Grain, CV2, The Antigonish Review, The New Quarterly, Riddle Fence, The Independent, and The Evening Telegram. She is originally from Newfoundland and lives in Montreal.

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