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poems for a girlhood


A collection of poems partially based on the Reena Virk murder case. Virk was an Asian adolescent whose drowned body was found in the Gorge Waterway in a Victoria, BC suburb, in 1997. Some of the poems use found material from court transcripts. The murder made international headlines due to the viciousness employed by Virk’s assailants: seven girls and one boy between the ages of 13 and 16, five of whom were white. The poems examine in part the poet’s remembrances of girlhood, the unease of adolescence, and the circumstances that enable some to pass through adolescence unhurt.


Soraya Peerbaye

Soraya Peerbaye’s first collection of poetry, Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (Goose Lane, 2008), was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Tell: Poems for a Girlhood (Pedlar Press, 2015) was nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the recipient of the Trillium Award. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. She lives in Toronto with her daughter.

Chapter Title Contents Contributors Pages Year Price


Trials – Rainfall – Tide – Silt – Current – Reena – Silt – Willow – Saanich – Admission of Facts – Washerwoman – Autopsy 17 $1.70


Gorge Waterway – À pleine gorge – Hyoid – Slow time – Stones – Tendre la gorge 13 $1.30


Lagoons and lakes – Chemistry – Beauty – Nothing, nothing, – Skin – Safety – A good mother – Tremor and flare 17 $1.70


Examination – Admission of Facts – Satellite – Shoreline Field – Craigflower Bridge, south – Craigflower Schoolhouse – Craigflower Bridge, north – … 21 $2.10


Tillicum Bridge – Admission of Facts – Craigflower Bridge – Lovely, alive – Narrows – Life in these waters – Curfew – Her throat – Chandlo – … 22 $2.20


- 7 $0.70