Lisa Pasold

Any Bright Horse - poetic narrative

Any Bright Horse is published by Frontenac House & was shortlisted for the 2012 Governor General's Award for Poetry.

The Governor General is the Canadian representative of Queen Elizabeth II.The award was established in 1937 and winners include such writers as Margaret Atwood, Mordecai Richler, and Leonard Cohen. So to put it mildly, I was incredibly honoured to be nominated.


Buy Any Bright Horse at Alpine Press--link at bottom of this page


"Pasold acknowledges Don McKay and Daphne Marlatt as influences: both have an affinity for nature imagery and graceful ease in poetically conveying human experiences. Pasold carries on their traditions with distinction, craft and beauty."

QUILL & QUIRE review for Any Bright Horse

and Beth Everest writes in a recent issue of FREEFALL: What intrigues me most about Lisa Pasold’s poetic narrative is the perspective. The book contains six sections, alternating focus between Marco Polo’s journeys and those of a contemporary dancer. But this is what happens: after we are introduced to Marco Polo and his stories, the contemporary narrator wonders “what if my neighbor believes he is Marco Polo”. Once suggested, their stories overlap.

Trade paperback, 110 pages, Frontenac House (Calgary) 2012 $15.95 

ISBN 978-1-897181-55-3