<div><b>**SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2020 PAT LOWTHER MEMORIAL AWARD**</b></div>
<div><b>**LONGLISTED FOR THE MIRAMICHI READER’S ‘THE VERY BEST!’ BOOK AWARD**</b></div>
<b></b><div>In poems that risk the comingling of anger and elegy, poetry and documentation, humour and the dark spectre of poverty, Michelle Porter’s <i>Inquiries</i> oscillates at its edges, and amplifies the presence of human strength as it keeps company with our enigmatic and ever-present nemeses. This is a startling debut where the line between reality and reality television blurs, where a simple trip to the grocery store unifies mother and daughter in struggle, and where an economics of iniquity proves the existence of love as equality. With wit, poise, raw emotion, and versatility, <i>Inquiries</i> announces the emergence of an impressive new talent.