Water Strider speaks of tensions, surfaces and dualities. It is about our jerky imperfect pairings: with our parents, siblings, lovers; with our pasts and our landscapes; with language, memory, and longing; and with our elusive and illusory selves. It explores the fragility of narrative and perception, the dicey boundaries that are part of love and identity, and the thin membrane between anguish and humour.
"Probing, spare, acutely angled and scrupulously nuanced, Karen Hofmann's poems are surprising as the remarkable arthropods invoked by the title poem."
- Don McKay
"With intense acuity, Hofmann charts the many ways we walk through this world wounded. Her stories and her images are as exquisite as they are unnerving."
- Donna Kane