Long Girl Leaning into the Wind
74 pages, 5.5" x 8.5"
Janet Fraser's vivid and passionate collection of poetry, Long
Girl Leaning into the Wind, presents characters who do not
settle easily into their lives. Fromthe opening portraits of
'alien' June and 'flying' Ginger to the closing "Poem for a
Star-Crossed Boy," Fraser reveals a deep empathy for the
colourful misfits she portrays in language that varies from
tightly controlled lyrics to sprawling narratives bursting with
These are the poems of a modern romantic with a gritty
curiosity about the world and a commitment to report back
honestly on what she sees and experiences. Physical
landscapes range from the North Atlantic to the Caribbean to
the Pacific, fromthe Saint John River to the Rhine River, from
isolated outports to the core of large cities, fromthe traditional
world of a beloved cottage to the existential world of
airports, airplanes, hotels, and Greyhound buses. Emotional
landscapes vary from the darkness of betrayal and violence
to the dappled atmosphere of lost innocence and love to the
light of natural beauty and parental affection.
With joy, grief, anger and wit, as well as a great love of the
descriptive and oral powers of language, the poet comes to a
kind of crossroads in this collection, looking both ways
before moving forward.
About the Author
Janet Fraser was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, and
grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After earning M.A. and
M.L.S. degrees from the University of Toronto, she worked
for many years for The Globe and Mail. Since 1994 she
has lived in St. John's where she works as a professional
librarian, teaches writing courses, and writes occasional
book reviews. Currently she is writing a novel which she
hopes will not join her pile of unfinished fiction!