?Walsh's writings are stunning examples of how to look, how to feel, how to see.?
For 30 years Meeka Walsh has been the Editor of the Canadian art magazine, Border Crossings. A selection of her much-admired essays published in each issue of that magazine have been selected for this substantial book.
Malleable Forms is a book of 47 essays, rich and broad in ideas and subjects as far-ranging as art, architecture, literature, family, place, dogs, spirituality, birds, rabbits, and whimsy. But it isn—t just about the subjects presented in the essays but the way in which Walsh has made connections inside the essays.
?Kim Gordon: Star Turns” examines the memoir of Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon takes the reader on a trip that includes surprising links between Gordon and Ab Ex painter Robert Motherwell. “Rilke: Speaking Longing” measures the poetic sensibilities of Rainer Maria Rilke, Cynthia Ozick, and Vladimir Nabokov. “Say Bird: A Consideration of Interspecies Romance” describes the romantic tale of a courtship between a woman and a blue jay.
Noted international critic and art writer, Barry Schwabsky, has written an introductory essay. The persistent engagement of memory winds through the book and resonant is EM Forster's dictum, “Only connect.” Walsh makes her particular kind of connections throughout.
About the author
Meeka Walsh is a Winnipeg-based writer, critic and editor whose stories have appeared in Descant, The Malahat Review, Canadian Fiction Magazine and Prairie Fire. Since 1993 she has edited Border Crossings, an international arts magazine published in Winnipeg. She has received seven nominations for her writing at the Western and National Magazine Awards and has won two gold medals.
Walsh is also a member of the Canadian Artist's and Producer's Professional Relations Tribunal for the Status of the Artist. In 2003 she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Western Magazine Awards Foundation and in 2007 she received a medal from the RCA for her contribution to visual art in Canada. The Garden of Earthly Intimacies is her first book of fiction.