About this book
- Shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry at the 2016 Alberta Book Publishing Awards!
- Shortlisted for the Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award!
Welcome to Hillsdale!
In his new poetry collection, Gerald Hill invites you to take a cruise down the streets of Hillsdale, learn about its architecture, rehearse its schoolyard taunts and sample its denizens’ favourite drink recipes. Fusing history, geography and autobiography to create a document of life in Regina’s suburbs, then and now, Hill peels back placid suburban archetypes to expose the messy, challenging systems churning underneath.
Spend some time in Hillsdale, and you’ll soon realize that places have stories of their own, chronicles that can be read as deeply as any book, if you know what you’re doing.
“An intense and fascinating exploration of the layering of thought and feeling about place that goes much deeper than mothballs. This book-collage of poetry is so down to earth.”
“Hill is a master at displaying the mystery in the mundane, what we often overlook in the obvious, and the incredible richness of how people ingeniously craft a life for themselves despite social and economic forces that do not operate for their benefit.”
"It's a mark of his skill as a poet, prose writer and researcher that he's able to show Hillsdale, which lies between Albert Street and the University of Regina, south of 23rd Avenue, for what it was, and is: a place of innovation, hope, and occasional tragedy." full review
"With maps, photographs, drawings, interviews, and the poems themselves, Hill transports us to the brand new life of a suburb, postwar hope and abundance springing forth in new houses, many children, schools, and the multitude of little stories that make up lives." full review