Poetry a passion for Valley woman

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First book now available

TRURO – Stephanie Yorke has a passion for poetry. So much so that the Valley native has already published one book of her poems and is contemplating a second.

The first book was printed in April and is titled 'Both Boys Climb Trees They Can't Climb Down.'

According to the liner notes, the poems commemorate a home that is at turns too ugly to look at, and too profound to ignore.

"It's selling pretty well for a poetry book," said Yorke, without revealing numbers. "It includes work from as early as 2006, although most of the poems in it were written between 2008 and 2011."

Some of the poems had previously appeared in literary journals, prompted friends to ask if it was time to put them together in one publication.

Yorke, 27, who now lives in Oxford, England, then took a look at her inventory.

"I took out whatever wasn't up to snuff or didn't fit - more than half the poetry," she said.

The Cobequid Educational Centre graduate later changed the order of the poems, while taking a few more out.

"I wanted to make sure that the poems I included worked together in terms of sound as well as sense. Needless to say, putting the book together took quite a while."

Yorke is currently completing a doctorate in English literature at Oxford's Wolfson College while teaching and doing other work with undergraduates.

She also loves to read and travel.

"I rode my bicycle across Canada in 2009, which was one of the most fun things I've ever done," said Yorke, who visits family (parents Lee and Lorna, and sister Melissa) in Valley whenever possible.

"I'm a clumsy and slow cyclist actually, but I can forgive myself for not being talented or brave, so I had a good time."

She's also travelled in India and Russia, as well as backpacked around Europe with a friend from Truro.

Yorke's book is available at the local Coles store upon request.

For more information, visit stephanieyorke.com.

Organizations: Wolfson College, Cobequid Educational Centre

Geographic location: Oxford, England, Canada India Russia Europe

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