Entering Sappho

Entering Sappho

Sarah Dowling


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  • This book is very sexual and queer.
  • Sappho, WA, is a ghost town.
  • It is set in the wilderness: people are crossing streams, having sex in the forest, carrying guns around, etc. Sappho in Sappho!
  • This book is trying to offer a counter to the ways in which white people – especially women and queer folks – try to use our minoritized sexualities and genders to shirk complicity with settler colonialism. Instead, this book offers another way of reflecting on our present location and our relationships to history, suggesting ways of going into, rather than getting out of rightful guilt.


Sarah Dowling:
Sarah Dowling is a poet, a scholar, a parent, and a teacher. She is the author of three poetry collections, Entering Sappho, DOWN, and Security Posture (which received the Robert Kroetsch Award for innovative poetry), as well as three chapbooks. In addition, she has written the first scholarly study of contemporary poems that use more than one language: Translingual Poetics: Writing Personhood under Settler Colonialism. This book received an honorable mention for the American Studies Association’s Lora Romero First Book Prize. Originally from Regina, SK, Sarah lives in Toronto and works as an assistant professor in the Centre for Comparative Literature and Victoria College at the University of Toronto.