I got to review a splendid book of poetry last month for the Telegraph-Journal – Tanis Rideout’s Arguments with the Lake. The collection follows long-distance swimmers Marilyn Bell and Shirley Campbell as they attempt to cross Lake Ontario in the mid-1950s, and is glittering, muscular work. A complete treat to read.
Here’s a blurb, to whet your appetite.
Arguments with the Lake
Rideout’s poems are awash with story, strongly-structured and addictive. As the swimmers attempt the lake, the language sinks into the instinctive, close and measured. The work weaves its way through history and speculation, creating a rivalry that is decided even as it begins.