Susan Haldane

Susan Haldane lives with her husband on a farm near the northern boundary of Ontario’s Algonquin Park. Her writing has appeared in a number of Canadian journals and anthologies and was included in Best Canadian Poetry 2020. Her chapbook Picking Stones was published by Gaspereau Press in 2018.

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Susan Haldane

2021 / Canadian Poetry / $19.95
9781554472321 / Trade paper / 64 pp

Susan Haldane offers an intimate view of contemporary life in a rural community. Foregoing typical bucolic or bleak tropes of rural life, her poems find focus in the complex, incessant negotiations involved in farming’s ever-shifting relationship with landscape, livestock, seasons, weather, history and neighbours. Direct, plain spoken, this collection recalls the frank wistful and stubborn persistence of a bluegrass hymn, a song for a community that will not be defined from without. “If it surprises you to hear / a farmer speak of love,” writes Haldane, “then / you’ve had the wrong meaning all along.”

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Other Books by this Author

Picking Stones
Susan Haldane

2018 / Poetry / $4.95 CAN
9781554471928 / Pamphlet / 32 pp

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