Poetry. Women's Studies. Environmental Studies. Marlene Cookshaw, in her first collection of poetry in more than a decade, invites her readers to partake in a long-anticipated harvest that comes in many forms. Whether she's haying June-high grasses, relishing a neighbor's gift of new potatoes with her husband, logging fragments of poetry she's read in a notebook, or honoring the deaths of her parents, Cookshaw works an open field. Through this pastorale wander dogs, horses, chickens, and donkeys in counterpoint to farm laborers and long-time residents who share in her abiding connection to the land they mutually watch over and tend. The power grid may fail while every monthly expense is brought to account, but observation as careful and particular as Cookshaw's more than weighs the seasons that it seeks to bring into balance.
Born and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta, Marlene Cookshaw studied writing at the University of Victoria and later worked for several years as the editor of The Malahat Review. Her poems have won several awards, among them the Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize and Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize. She has published six collections with Brick Books, including MOVING (2019), Shameless, (2002) and Lunar Drift (2005). In 2008, she was presented with the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding achievement in mid- career. She lives on a small farm on Pender Island, one of British Columbia's southern Gulf Islands.Author City: PENDER ISLAND, BC CAN