Book details

Publication date: February 2020
Series: Robert Kroetsch Series
Keywords: prairie, blue-collar, history, artifacts, women’s voices, witty, lyrical, grief, memory, loss, landscape, rural, environmental impacts, social media, plains
Subject(s): POETRY / Canadian, Creative Writing, Creative Writing / Poetry, POETRY / Women Authors, Poetry / Canadian Literature, prairie, blue-collar, history, artifacts, women’s voices, witty, lyrical, grief, memory, loss, landscape, rural, environmental impacts, social media, plains, Poetry, Poetry
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Kat Cameron. Kat Cameron is the author of Strange Labyrinth and The Eater of Dreams. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies across Canada. She lives in Edmonton.

"[Cameron elucidates] aspects of living in Alberta: the boom-bust madnesses, the burns and floods, the Timmy Ho rednecks, the city scavengers and the sweet cricket fields.... Cameron’s poems simmer with a quiet ire amid their gentle songs." [Full review at]

Catherine Owen, Marrow Reviews

"The historical West was lawless and degenerate.... Kat Cameron is haunted by the experiences of those least among us, commoners of the Western prairies, especially women, and her searing work will not let us forget their grief."

Matt Sutherland, Foreword Magazine, July / August 2020

"From prairie history to cultural considerations such as the Edmonton Oilers and Alberta bumper stickers, Cameron’s poems examine what occurs when life gets caught up against external forces, attempting to articulate the ghosts of what has been lost, and what may have been set aside, writing out a confluence of women from Alberta to Wyoming, through boom and bust, through hope and loss and sadness and grief. These are characters that fight to remain standing, something that, at times, is either all or more than they are capable of." [Full review at]

rob mclennan

"In Ghosts Still Linger, Kat Cameron blurs the boundaries between the past and the present. The blurring is lyrical, rich with 'luminous echoes' that make visible, like radar, the contours of grief and history. Her language—exquisite and elegiac—is another source of light: it reanimates the lives of Western icons like Annie Oakley, and it makes visible the endangered beauty of the Canadian prairies. This is a marvellous and memorable book."

Eduardo C. Corral, author of Guillotine

Stephan G. Stephanson Award for Poetry, Writers Guild of Alberta, Canada
High Plains Book Awards, United States
2 Cracked
3 Blue Scarf
4 B-Flat Minor
5 Lament
6 Haunted
12 For Gerda, on the threshold
14 Paper Chambers
15 Windows of Faith
16 Bastille Day 2016
17 The King in the Car Park
19 A Diary

22 Athabasca Glacier 1924
24 Big Burn
25 Copper Moon
26 Drought
27 Elms
28 Flood Erasures 2013
29 Garden
30 Hinton 2013
31 Interlude
32 Johnston Canyon
33 K-Country
34 Loons and Wolf Willows
36 Moose Photobomb
37 Old North Trail
39 Oilers Nation
40 Poetic Licence
41 Prairie Fields
42 Rollerblades
43 Saturday Night Prowl
44 Territory
45 Until Help Arrives
46 VW Ramblings
47 Whyte Avenue 2 a.m.

50 Man of the West
51 Louisa’s Locket
52 Taken
53 White Shoes
54 Woman in White
55 Testimony
58 Soiled Doves
60 Little Sure Shot
62 Glass Targets in a Museum
63 Annie’s Gun
64 Lightning over Wyoming

69 Notes
73 Acknowledgements
ISBNs: 9781772125092 978-1-77212-509-2 Title: ghosts still linger ISBNs: 9781772125207 978-1-77212-520-7 Title: ghosts still linger ISBNs: 9781772126433 978-1-77212-643-3 Title: ghosts still linger