The poems in Shape Taking tend to the betwixt, beyond and out of bounds. They speak to living, dreaming and imagining in times of inner and global flux; seek connectivity in disparate things, and contend with the unreasonableness of miracle. They want to believe, with work, that the brain can change.
Elana Wolff is the author of seven collections of poetry and a collection
of essays on poems. She has also co-authored, with the late Malca Litovitz,
a collection of rengas; co-authored, with Susie Petersiel Berg, a limited-edition
chapbook of poems; and co-translated, with Menachem Wolff, poems from
the Hebrew by Georg Mordechai Langer. Elana’s poems and creative nonfiction
pieces have appeared in Canada and internationally and have garnered awards.
She has taught English for Academic Purposes at York University in Toronto
and at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She currently lives and works
in Thornhill, Ontario. Elana’s sixth collection, Swoon (Guernica
Editions, 2020), received the 2020 Canadian Jewish Literary Award for
Poetry. Shape Taking is her seventh book of poems.