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Trailer Park Elegy Shortlisted for 2018 Raymond Souster Award

Posted: Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 5:16pm

Cornelia Hoogland’s Trailer Park Elegy is shortlisted for the League of Canadian Poets’ 2018 Raymond Souster Award. The winner will be announced in Toronto on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at the League’s awards ceremony.  

In response to her brother's sudden death, Cornelia Hoogland explores the shift in gravity his dramatic absence creates. Set on the Salish Sea on Vancouver Island’s east coast, Trailer Park Elegy looks to the poet’s child-experiences of death, as well as to literature, chaos theory, dark matter, geological time and the effect of noise pollution on whales. This elegant and gritty long poem reaches back two thousand years to the First Peoples, as well as to the poet’s brother whose delight was summers spent at Deep Bay.