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Toward a Catalogue of Falling

by Meira Cook

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published: Oct 1996
ISBN:9780919626881
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Toward a Catalogue of Falling, Méira Cook's second full-length book, proves that the fall into language can be both graceful and startling. Whether she is rewriting Hans Christian Anderson's "The Little Mermaid" (as she does in her poem sequence "Days of Water"), thinking of Breughel's/Williams'/ Auden's Icarus, reading oranges, or offering advice for catching crows, Cook's words are luminous. Language is a character in these poems, along with circus performers, Venetian tour guides, clumsy sons and migrating geese. Cook writes poems that bless hearts turned to salt, and revive the silenced energies of words. Always unexpected, always elegant, this is language that endures.

"The poems are dramatic rushes of words, vibrant and intense.... Some are bizarre narratives fusing the wild 'slanguage' of Eliza Clark and Ondaatje-like exotica." for A Fine Grammar of Bones -- George Elliott Clarke

About the Author

Meira Cook

MEIRA COOK’s first novel, The House on Sugarbush Road, won the 2013 McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year Award and was a nominee for the Winnipeg Public Library’s On The Same Page competition. Her poetry won first place in the CBC Literary Awards in 2007, garnered a Manitoba Publishing Award (a “Maggie”), and has been featured in Winnipeg Transit’s “Poetry in Motion” program. Two of her poems were on the longlist for the 2013 CBC Writes contest. She won the inaugural Walrus Poetry Prize in 2012, and one of her poems was on the shortlist for the 2013 Walrus Poetry Prize. Meira was also the 2013 writer-in-residence for the Winnipeg Public Library.

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Awards
  • Long-listed, Pat Lowther
  • Long-listed, McNally Robinson book of the year award

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