Orient (Brick Books 2014)
From Brick Books: A polyphonic hymn to Northern British Columbia by one of its boldest, most exciting writers.
“Orient is the third collection from one of Western Canada’s most accomplished poets. Composed mainly of three long poems—an extended meditation on the connection between man and fish, the lament of a big-souled cowboy poet looking up from rock bottom, and a historical envisioning of an intimate relationship between a pioneer and a powerful crone—Orient leaps, sings, burrows down, and orients the reader within its rich ecosystem. The appeal of these poems lies partly in their blend of humility (the open-minded approach), in their force (the taut style, the original vision) and in an astonishing boldness. Wigmore is a ‘poet of place’ in the best sense.”
Grayling(MotherTongue Publishing 2014)
“Wigmore’s writing is incredibly sensual, her prose vivid with bodies and their feelings (and their food!). The connection between the two characters is so rich and complex, resisting cliches and ever fresh, and so too is her story, which would earn a place in my hypothetical “Death By Landscape” anthology, even though no one dies exactly, because that too would be too easy, but instead her ending is mysterious and shocking, unsettling and swift.
Grayling was a runner-up for the 1st Search for the Great BC Novel contest, and one can certainly see how it stuck out in the crowd. For a debut novel, this one is remarkably assured, and here’s hoping that the multi-talented Wigmore has more fiction in store for us.” from Kerry Clare at http://picklemethis.com/
Dirt of Ages (Nightwood Editions 2012)
“Wigmore digs out the right words for each moment of hardship and exultation, inviting us all to “wash off all this dirt in / the dirt of ages… we run til we’re half standing and jump / hoping like hell…til you’re lying face up / in a whirlpool, laughing at the sky” (“Water Girls”).” http://web.uvic.ca/malahat/reviews/182reviews_herman.html
soft geography (Caitlin Press 2007) winner of the 2008 ReLit Award, nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Prize
–Richard Pickard, book addiction, boughtbooks.blogspot.com
“What a wonderful, fresh voice Gillian Wigmore brings to the page. These wise poems know the push and pull within family. They reveal the tender truths behind the rough edges of small-town life. Her voice resonates with authenticity, and whether she is writing about a near drowning or ice fishing, she is ultimately writing about the complications of love. These are poems you will not soon forget.”
Governor General’s Award-winner for Poetry