Esta Spalding's first poetry collection explores the human body as a meeting ground for genealogy, geography, and history. The poems address the question of how human beings connect themselves to places and form identities within those places.
Carrying Place begins with poems involving the family recalled; the second section opens out to include a wider circle of voices; and in the third section the poems chart an emotional geographical migration. This is a remarkable first collection from a young poet whose writing possesses a clean and easy beauty.
About the author
Esta Spalding's first book, Carrying Place, was nominated for the Gerald R. Lampert Award and her second, Anchoress, was a finalist for the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award for Best Specialty Book of the Year. Her third book, Lost August, won the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and her fourth, The Wife's Account, was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Esta lives in Guelph, Ontario.