by Karen Hofmann
Water Strider speaks of tensions, surfaces and dualities. It is about our jerky imperfect pairings: with our parents, siblings, lovers; with our pasts and our landscapes; with language, memory, and longing; and with our elusive and illusory selves. It explores the fragility of narrative and perception, the dicey boundaries that are part of love and identity, and the thin membrane between anguish and humour.
- Shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize
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Karen Hofmann grew up in the Okanagan Valley, completed a BA and MA at the University of Victoria, and now teaches English and creative writing at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia. She lives at the edge of a former pine forest with her husband, many children and small animals, and the constant fear that she has forgotten to do something important.
With unflinching elegance, Hofmann surprises the reader with her seemingly fearless confrontations with mortality…charging each poem with a type of dark and enigmatic sophistication.
~ J. Mae Barizo, Matrix Magazine
Probing, spare, acutely angled and scrupulously nuanced, Karen Hofmann’s poems are as surprising as the remarkable arthropods invoked by the title poem.
With intense acuity, Hofmann charts the many ways we walk through this world wounded. Her stories and her images are as exquisite as they are unnerving.