**Finalist for the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Memorial Award**
“Surge Narrows is gorgeously sensual and sharply precise—if we could taste it, this book would be salmonberry. It would be salt. To read these poems is to stand under a waterfall, letting the words rush like cold, clean water over the skin. A powerful debut.”
— Anne Simpson, Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize & Governor General’s Award Winner
Surge Narrows opens with “Surge,” a fragmented narrative of coming of age in the remote coastal community of Surge Narrows, and closes with the series “Vernacular Hearts,” which explores a queer cityscape.
Between these frames, Surge Narrows engages various emotional and physical terrains, and this disjuncture is perhaps best exemplified by the anti-lyrics of “Disquiet” and “Sensorial.” “Pass Creek” explores wilderness solitude and the geography of place at a northern Alberta fire tower site. In “Indifferent Season” the lyric poem aspires to not just distillation of language, but close observation and pitch perfect diction.
To read recent words of praise for Surge Narrows please see the books reviews, below:
2015 Kemick, Richard Kelly. “Outrunning Ghazals (and other difficult things) – A Review of Emilia Nielsen’s Surge Narrows .” Rev of Surge Narrows, by Emilia Nielsen. The Fiddlehead. Spring: 111-114. Print.
2013 Stepaniuk, Casey. “‘The heart has never surfaced more queer’ – A Review of Emilia Nielsen’s Surge Narrows.” Rev. of Surge Narrows, by Emilia Nielsen. A Canadian Lesbian Book Blog: News and Reviews of Queer Canadian Women Writers 14 August: n. pag. Web.
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