Poetry. In this innovative and arresting narrative poem, Méira Cook's walker, a young woman, is a character being written by an "old city poet," who is in turn being written by another poet, for whom the young woman, "Ms. Em Cook," has been an amanuensis. Always witty and often hilarious, feather–light in touch, the book is an entertaining exploration of serious issues: youth and age; life, death and rebirth; the (dis)connection of language and reality; tradition and the now. It is an assemblage of seven nesting sections, each of them a sort of chapbook speaking to each of the others and rounding out a long poem of great freshness.
Méira Cook has published four poetry collections, most recently A WALKER IN THE CITY (Brick Books, 2011). Her poetry won first place in the CBC Literary Awards, garnered a Manitoba Publishing Award (a "Maggie"), and has been featured in Winnipeg Transit's "Poetry in Motion" program. She won the inaugural Walrus Poetry Prize in 2012. Her first novel, The House on Sugarbush Road (Enfield & Wizenty), won the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year Award in 2013. She has just completed her tenure as the Winnipeg Public Library's Writer-in-Residence. Her latest collection of poetry is MONOLOGUE DOGS; her new novel, Nightwatching, was published in May 2015.Author City: Winnipeg, MB CAN