Between the Bell Struck and the Silence

By Pamela Porter

Categories: Poetry
Imprint: Caitlin Press
Paperback : 9781773861418, 96 pages, April 2024

Pamela Porter’s latest poetic offering is an elegiac tribute to the gifts of art and poetry.


How does the rain sleep and where does the silence go? In her latest book of poetry, Between the Bell Struck and the Silence, Governor-General-Award-winning Pamela Porter contemplates the mysteries of existence. Porter skillfully reimagines familiar emotions: joy, loss, and healing are made new through descriptions of the flight of music, the spirits that dance between dusk and dawn, the blessings of coyotes and chickadees. Themes of Christian theology and the life and work of Van Gogh are woven throughout this rich tapestry of philosophical exploration and the healing powers of art.

Between the Bell Struck and the Silence is a profound offering that delves into the essence of what it means to be an artist and to experience the striking state of being alive, with all of its joys and sorrows. With this introspective collection, Porter invites a generous appreciation for the world and life itself.


Between the Bell Struck and the Silence echoes with hope for the lost and suffering: how art heals, a secret that Van Gogh knew and used in his painting landscapes as if his soul were included in those nervous, heartfelt strokes of his existence. These are finely crafted poems. Pamela Porter addresses our residence here on earth; standing alone in a field and contemplating the stars in their luminous exaggeration above, our troubled gaze often rejoices.”

—Russell Thorburn, author of Somewhere We'll Leave the World