“Powell’s poems are full of lively vignettes in which realism strikes lyrical sparks off harshness.” Times Literary Supplement
“This remarkable debut collection isn’t light reading: the dark pulse driving it is family history as trauma and the devastating legacy of war. But its tight rhythms, startling images and vivid, arresting turns of phrase make it utterly compelling.” Toronto Star
“Her work draws in the reader with the anecdotal verve of good short stories and transfixes with exacting imagery.” Harvard Review
“If you are willing to submerge yourself, you may see and hear something both dangerous and divine.”
– Arc Poetry Magazine
“Powell’s description is beautiful and tender…the land of elegy overlaps the land of dream.”
“The strength of Powell’s Inheritance stems from image and evocation, its variations of tone and focus, from elegy to fury and back.” Malahat Review
Inspired by a shipwreck endured by her father during the Second World War, and by his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder and eventual suicide, Inheritance is a powerful poetic debut by the winner of the Boston Review fiction contest.