Unlike poets who adopt cultures into which they weren't born, or raised, okpik, who has fished the waters of which she writes so eloquently, has something rare these days: an authentic voice, one that nets ancient beliefs without disgarding modern science or the daily news.
In Corpse Whale, okpik has layered old Inuit land knowledge with an old English-language poetic mode to form something wholly new. . . . an invigorating read.
dg okpik is a startlingly original poet. She writes of seal skins and walrus and weeks of endless sun and moon that are versed in tradition but also create her own personal mythology. I am constantly mystified and thrilled by her poetry. Read her now.
—Sherman Alexie, author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
A lively and enlivening collection of poetry. okpik's verse is distinct poetic magic.
—Maria Melendez, author of Flexible Bones
is a refreshing departure from many of the tropes we see in contemporary poetry. It is an emotive illumination into a corner of the world we so rarely get a glimpse of. Intimate and storied, okpik's work ushers us into a new poetic topography that is both imaginative and necessary.
—Matthew Shenoda, author of Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone