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Traveling Light: Monica Kidd’s The Year of Our Beautiful Exile

In her third collection, Albertan poet Monica Kidd does the rare work of travelling light. The Year of Our Beautiful Exile tracks the media and methods of displacement, and Kidd maps her terrain with an expert eye: here the slow, specific creep of evolution, there the quick gulp of the Albertan floodwaters. Revelling in the “sudden stops along the road / to pull focus,” the collection ultimately wends its way home, sounding out and condensing the world just enough for travel.