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STOP! LOOK! LISTEN! TAZI RODRIGUES' BOOK RECOMMENDATION, The Fiddlehead

"On a line level, this book of poetry is full of sound and echoes and navigates incredibly well through different forms. Ens threads the poetry with questions that reverberate throughout the book, holding space for its many themes. Flyway also covers wide expanses of time and space quite deftly as it explores a multigenerational narrative arc while keeping the reader and poetry grounded."Tazi Rodrigues

BOOK REVIEW, Mennonite Quarterly Review

"Centering this Mennonite resettlement narrative within the tallgrass prairie, as well as centering the voices of women family members, she tells a coherent story of the many kinds of loss involved in migration... It is the situating of this story within the tallgrass prairie that brings a new perspective and grounds the narrative in something earthy and real. The way the birds, grasses, and environment are interwoven throughout the narrative brilliantly connects this family myth to present-day reality."—Alyssa Sherlock

BOOK REVIEW, Canthius

"Life is primarily about relationships—with each other, with the land. [Flyway] thinks about what happens when those connections are severed. How do you find home? How do you rebuild with what is left? In the section 'Un / Settling', Ens writes 'Aula Aunfong ess schwoa / All beginnings are hard'—and ultimately, the book ends with hope, as 'Here / is still something / of home' (102)."—Jesse Holth

FIVE RESPONSES TO WOMEN TALKINGCanadian Mennonite

BOOK REVIEW, Heritage Posting

"Asking questions that both clarify and expand ideas of land, identity and migration, this poem is a masterpiece in story and song, healing and hope, and the memory that is aflight within us all."—Nadya Langelotz

BOOK REVIEW, Mennonite Historian

"Ens's
 imaginative telling, supported by memories and thorough research, does what good historical fiction does: it puts flesh on history by bringing the stories of particular people to life. [And] her attentiveness, informed by research, results in questions that create an opening for the reader—an invitation to also ask, look, and listen."—Joanne Epp

THE SARAH ENS INTERVIEWThe Miramichi Reader

INTERVIEW, Schmoozing with Poets

MY STUDIO: SARAH ENS, Turnstone Press

BOOK REVIEW, Anabaptist World

"Ens creates a tallgrass psalmody, observing migratory birds nesting in the Manitoba prairie — “I will try to tell the truth/to the blood feather tangled in the reeds” — interspersed with the story of her Oma’s flight (1929-1945) from Ukraine to Poland to Slovenia to Germany, here imagined by her grand­daughter with the help of family history and letters. The resultant poem, “Flyway,” stretching over 100 pages, reflects in its poetic line the psychological chaos. In the final psalmody, Oma’s question, “How do you remember home?” becomes an anguished cry from the poet’s vantage point."Raylene Hinz-Penner

INTERVIEW, Speak Up! CJSF 90.1 FM

BOOK REVIEW, rob mclennan's blog

"This is a collection of being and becoming, writing out what is lost, gained and abandoned; writing out what is inherited, and what can’t help but be carried across not only distances, but generations... In many ways, her lyric is akin to Cooley, writing a progression across the larger story of the rippling effect of emigration across two or three generations."rob mclennan

BOOK REVIEW, Winnipeg Free Press

"Throughout, the speaker is careful to not let her desire "to be absolved in the homecoming/ ... / to be undone &  remade, like my body is not a memory/ I keep confessing into some promise of land" to paper over the darkness of the migration story, but she holds all the context with tenderness and a grounded, careful touch."melanie brannagan frederiksen

BOOK REVIEW, Marrow Reviews

"'Birds, like poems, follow the river'– but one instance of a potent statement, set singularly on the page, a space that allows breath, the profound pacing of silences, holding the gaze with awe."Catherine Owen

POET MEDITATES ON FAMILY HISTORY IN NEW BOOKFree Press Community Review

INTERVIEW, Prairie Writers, CJOB

INTERVIEW, The Weekend Morning Show (Manitoba), CBC Radio One

BOOK REVIEW, Arc Poetry Magazine 

"In The World Is Mostly Sky, Ens gives us rite and sacrament, space to spread wings, expanses to “measure us / immense” (“Astronomical”). The world of sky is one that is breathtaking, and heartrending."
—Frances Boyle, Arc Poetry Magazine

BOOK REVIEW, The River Volta Review of Books 

"The World Is Mostly Sky is a stunning collection full of vibrancy and teeming with tenderness. Ens’s poetry first soars through childhood nostalgia and anguish, dives through thick waters of heartbreak and longing, and finally crashes up through clouds of young adulthood with ice coffees raised like chalices to the sky."
Delane Just, The River Volta Review of Books

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCE GRADUATES HONOURED FOR RESEARCH, University of Saskatchewan, College of Arts & Sciences, News & Events

BOOK REVIEWHeritage Posting

"The constant motion of body and spirit, in and out of each other, this is the thread throughout this marvellous book."Patrick Friesen

BOOK REVIEWHerizons

"These poems draw heavily on faith and relationships. Female friendship is key—as long and sustaining as prairie roots—and exerts a far more powerful force on the speaker's life than the ex-lovers who also pop up throughout the collection. ... The World Is Mostly Sky is a beautiful debut.
Kerry Ryan, Herizons

DEBUT POETRY COLLECTION CONSIDERS TRANSITIONS UNDER THE PRAIRIE SKY, Prairie Books NOW

"Sarah Ens’s first collection of poetry, The World Is Mostly Sky, is a closely observed exploration of her rural Prairie roots, as well as the landscape’sand the sky’schanging physical and emotional resonances."melanie brannagan frederiksen

NIMBLE. PRAIRIE. CELEBRATIONS. SARAH ENS'S THE WORLD IS MOSTLY SKY, Good. Short. Reviews. The Anti-Languorous Project

"Ens celebrates both people and prairie, complicated as each are, through her nimble pen and apt understanding of just what each poem needs."

Allie McFarland

TO COMBAT COVID-19 ISOLATION, USASK MFA IN WRITING STUDENTS LAUNCH VIRTUAL VARIETY SHOW, University of Saskatchewan, College of Arts & Sciences, News & Events

"FLORICULTURE V. 2" DIGITAL BROADSHEET, Turnstone Poetry Youtube Channel

"FLORICULTURE" DIGITAL BROADSHEET, Turnstone Poetry Youtube Channel

SARAH ENS' AMAZING YEAR, University of Saskatchewan, MFA in Writing News

SUPPORT THE RIVER VOLTA WITH ORIGINAL TYPEWRITTEN HAIKU BY SARAH ENS, University of Saskatchewan, MFA in Writing News

WHAT IS SARAH ENS READING?, The New Quarterly

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