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Poetry by Marguerite Pigeon

by (author) Marguerite Pigeon

Anvil Press Publishers
Initial publish date
Apr 2009
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    Apr 2009
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'Inventory' is a collection of 58 object poems. Taking as a starting point the reciprocal relation between subjects and objects, the book explores the unique way that objects appear in an individual consciousness. Each object in this inventory exists on its own and also reflects the author's experience, from the mundane stapler and tea bag, to the mysterious, extinct dodo bird, to entities that blur the line between person and thing. In this way, the collection highlights the often hidden dimensions of the objects we encounter, including their temporal, political, locational and psychic aspects. It offers an opportunity for readers to reconsider their own investments in what, by dictionary definition, should be static categories.

" 'Inventory' by Marguerite Pigeon examines life's often forgotten elements. From her portrait of "meaning" to her idyllic details of a clothespin, Pigeon is a master of naked realism and organic descriptions of expression. Her first publication, 'lnventory', was short-listed for the 2010 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. The book explores the lucid philosophy of simple pleasures – it's a refreshing truth bound in a small package. 'lnventory' is a front-to-back read that meshes simplicity and intricacy in a witty and intelligent style. Pigeon's work is a gem of purity in a complex world." - Poetry is Dead Magazine

About the author

Marguerite Pigeon is a former journalist and traveller turned writer of fiction and poetry. In 2001 she lived for several months near the Honduran-Salvadoran border working with a local indigenous organization, an experience that became the inspiration for Open Pit. She later attended UBC’s Creative Writing MFA program. Since graduating, her short stories and poems have appeared in journals throughout Canada and internationally, and her first book of poetry, Inventory (Anvil 2009), was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award. Originally from Blind River, Ontario, she currently lives in Vancouver.

Open Pit is her first novel.


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