Little Housewolf

Medrie Purdham

Awards: Winner - 2022 Saskatchewan Book Awards: City of Regina Regina Award

Longlist - Gerald Lampert Memorial Award

Shortlist - 2022 Saskatchewan Book Awards: SK Arts Poetry Award Honouring Anne Szumigalski
Longlist - 2022 Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry

Medrie Purdham's Little Housewolf delves deeply into the world of domestic miniatures, a realm where thimbles, baby teeth, push pins, keyholes, teacups, and wedding rings become meticulously realized scale models of one’s terrors and joys. Purdham uses the fine-grained signatures of her poetry—close observation, exact detail, precise sounds—not only to examine childhood and its fascination with size and scale, but also to measure herself against the larger, untamed landscapes she feels increasingly alienated from (“It is all anachronism, / grasses vintage wild"). Marked by bold emotion and arresting imagery, Little Housewolf is a brilliant debut.

Signal Poetry


"Built on the plain pleasure of examining small domestic items and happenings, Little Housewolf by Medrie Purdham is a delightful new image in each line of poetry." – Alison Manley, The Miramichi Reader

Medrie Purdham’s poetry has been published in journals across the country, broadcast on the former CBC Saskatchewan radio program Sound X Change, and three times anthologized in Tightrope Press’s Best Canadian Poetry series. She was the runner-up in Arc Magazine’s Poem of the Year competition in 2019. She holds a Ph.D. from McGill University and presently lives with her family in Regina, Saskatchewan, Treaty 4, where she teaches at the University of Regina.
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