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Book of Skeletons, The

by (author) Rachel Vigier

edited by Molly Peacock

Pedlar Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2006
General, Canadian
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Rooted in the historical world, The Book of Skeletons contains a series of poems that reflect on how those subject to history abide in history's personal and impersonal laws. The collection looks into the most intimate workings of events and characters as they are marked or created by history: A woman in an ambulance; a crowd evacuating a city; ghosts riding in elevators up and down. In these poems, the author looks at events in history, including the September 11, 2001 terrorist attck in New York, which she witnessed first-hand.

About the authors

Rachel Vigier is the author of Gestures of Genius: Women, Dance, andthe Body, and two books of poetry, The Book of Skeletons (PedlarPress, 2006) and On Every Stone (Pedlar Press, 2002). She is analumna of the Nikolais/Louis Dance Lab, where she studied with Hanya Holm,Alwin Nikolais, and Murray Louis. Rachel Vigier's poetry has beenfeatured on CBC and online at nthposition and Verse Daily.Her work has also appeared in the Literary Review of Canada, TheMalahat Review, Barrow Street, The Cortland Review, andin an anthology of writings September 11, 2001: American WritersRespond (Etruscan Press, 2002). She was raised in Manitoba and nowlives with her family in New York City.

Rachel Vigier's profile page

Molly Peacock is the author of six volumes of poetry, including The Second Blush (McClelland & Stewart, 2009) and Cornucopia: New & Selected Poems (W.W. Norton); a memoir, Paradise, Piece by Piece; and a one-woman show in poems, “The Shimmering Verge” produced by Louise Fagan Productions (London, Ontario). She has been series editor of The Best Canadian Poetry in English since 2007, as well as a contributing editor of the Literary Review of Canada and a faculty mentor at the Spalding MFA Program. Her poetry, published in leading literary journals in North America and the UK, is widely anthologized. Her latest work of nonfiction is The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life's Work at 72 (McClelland & Stewart, 2010).

Molly Peacock's profile page

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