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The House of the Easily Amused

Where is home? What, and who, constitutes family? Why does one sometimes feel more at home when away? With the poet’s sensibility and the pilgrim’s resolve, Leedahl’s complementary evocations of disparate people and landscapes—both faraway and familiar—put traditional concepts of home to the test.

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Where is home? What, and who, constitutes family? Why does one sometimes feel more at home when away? With the poet’s sensibility and the pilgrim’s resolve, Leedahl’s complementary evocations of disparate people and landscapes—both faraway and familiar—put traditional concepts of home to the test.

You won’t find the “house” from the book’s title on any particular map. Its metaphoric doors open into rooms of both love and lament, and the “easily amused” are all those who follow the faint hope of deer trails, wear mismatched socks, or rejoice in the sky’s infinite game of Lite-Brite. You know, they’re those fortunate souls who venture outside the fence of their lives, and leave the blue gate swinging.

“Amidst the banality of suburban life, the ordinariness of domesticity, [Leedahl] grounds a fierce love of beauty, of the moment’s transcendence, of the lonely soul making its peace with the world. She’s not saying, Look at me, she’s saying, Look at this. Out of love, and care for the reader, as evidenced by her careful craft and camera eye, her poems show us a way to see, and an admirable way to be in the world.”
~John Donlan

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Shelley A. Leedahl

Shelley A. Leedahl is a prolific multi-genre writer with strong ties to her home province of Saskatchewan and great enthusiasm for her adopted provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. She resides in Wilson Creek, near Sechelt, BC. Leedahl presents and leads writing workshops across Canada, and also works as an editor, book reviewer, freelancer, and radio advertising copywriter for two Edmonton stations. She has enjoyed several national and international Fellowships, including Fundación Valparaíso (Spain) and Hawthorden Castle (Scotland). Her poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction is frequently anthologized, and she has thrice been shortlisted for the National CBC Radio Literary Awards (Poetry Category). Current projects include multi-media.

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