University of Alberta Press

Book details

Publication date: January 2017
Series: Robert Kroetsch Series
Keywords: Poetry / Canadian Literature
Subject(s): POETRY / Canadian, Poetry, POETRY / Women Authors, POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Inspirational & Religious, Poetry / Canadian Literature
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Lisa Martin. Award-winning poet, essayist, and editor Lisa Martin is the author of One Crow Sorrow (2008) and co-editor of How to Expect What You’re Not Expecting: Stories of Pregnancy, Parenthood, and Loss (2013). She teaches literature and creative writing at Concordia University of Edmonton.

# 1 on Edmonton Fiction Bestsellers list, April 02, 2017

Edmonton Bestsellers

# 4 on Edmonton Fiction Bestsellers list, April 23, 2017

"Believing is not the same as Being Saved" is a quietly elegant book of poems.... You can see and feel the meticulous care Martin has taken in crafting these poems, constructing this book.... Martin understands that much of life is a paradox, that joy and sorrow are birds dancing on the same high wire." (Full review at

Michael Dennis, Today's Book of Poetry

'[This] is an intricate collection of poems that meditates on pivotal traumatic events in the speaker’s life that challenge her faith.... In language that turns in and out of itself in finely tuned poetic phrasing, Martin deftly manages a vision that embraces death and loss as the other side of life and love and what matters most to us.... With poems that carry a religious and philosophic fervour—whose parallel in literary tradition might be Gerard Manley Hopkins with his rapturous sonnets that delve into his own faith and doubt about God – Martin’s verses are embedded with incandescent images from the natural world and are sinuous with thought riddled with paradox." The Goose, Vol. 16, Iss. 1 [2017] [Full review at]

Gillian Harding-Russell

"Lisa Martin's "Believing is not the same as Being Saved" cleaves even closer to the holy, keeping religious motifs so near her natural language that they slip in unnoticed until they start to pile up, as in the various uses of the sword 'saved' in the title poem. Martin's best poems have a knack for reaching epiphanies by assiduously focusing and unfocusing their gaze.... Martin takes seriously the need to navigate between the philosophical and material worlds. "

Jacob McArthur Mooney, Quill & Quire

# 8 on Edmonton Fiction Bestsellers list, May 06, 2018

Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry | Writers' Guild of Alberta, Canada
Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize, Canada
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