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In Lois Lorimer’s radiant debut volume, Stripmall Subversive, innocence gleams inside experience. That stripmall is all too real, but the subversion of Lorimer’s poetry is subtle, shining and sophisticated. Beauty and threat tangle in her poems, where a car dives off the Scarborough Bluffs or a homeless child suddenly discovers abandoned family possessions. But threat and beauty untangle, too, as a dog captivates a cancer survivor or an actor learns to entice an audience. In each of these bright ...more