Having grown up in a Mennonite farming community in southern Ontario, Karen Enns often revisits her childhood memories of that time and place in her poetry. Her words resonate with the rural sensuousness of 'diesel fuel' and 'hot peaches' in her second book Ordinary Hours (2014, which also explores the Mennonite exodus from Russia.

Her previous book, That Other Beauty (2010) covers subjects such as immigrants, furnace repairmen, grocers, dead cats, and a raven 'lifting into the clear, bright density of rain.' It was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award.

Enns currently lives in Victoria, B.C., where, for twenty years, she worked as a classical pianist and music teacher.


That Other Beauty (Brick Books, 2010) 978-1-894078-80-1 $19

Ordinary Hours (Brick Books, 2014) 978-1-926829-90-6 $20

Cloud Physics (U of Regina) 978-0-88977-461-2 $19.95

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