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In her third book of poetry The Perils of Geography, Helen Humphreys charts a world that opens under the prodding and promise of language. With the wit and eye for evocative detail which gained readers for both Gods and Other Mortals and Nuns Looking Anxious, Listening to Radios, Humphreys probes the immediacy of now, the intensity of this, the residue of then. Don't be de ...more
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Published October 16th 1995 by Brick Books (first published October 1st 1995)
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I especially enjoyed the series "Singing to the Bees" - each poem is titled after a superstition (my favorite: "If an older sister is still single when a younger one marries, the older girl should go dance in a hog trough on her sister's wedding day to ensure she too will have a wedding someday" - I love both this old wives' tale, which I had never heard before, and the poem that went with it).
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Helen Humphreys is the author of four books of poetry, five novels, and one work of creative non-fiction. She was born in Kingston-on-Thames, England, and now lives in Kingston, Ontario with her dog, Hazel.

Her first novel, Leaving Earth (1997), won the 1998 City of Toronto Book Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her second novel, Afterimage (2000), won the 2000 Rogers Writers
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