Slovenly Love by Meira CookSlovenly Love by Meira Cook

Slovenly Love

byMeira CookEditorStan Dragland

Paperback | November 30, 2003

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Slovenly Love is Méira Cook's third book of poetry. A Fine Grammar of Bones and Toward a Catalogue of Falling, both collections of lyrics, are now joined by a fascinating long poem composed of five sequences. "A Year of Birds" sensuously explores erosion of self in the gain of new life in motherhood; "Blue Lines" concerns a woman and her double, the imperishable self she "left" to become the self she is; "Trawling: a biography of the river" introduces Heraclitus into the Winnipeg Flood of 1997, the Red River becoming a river of the mind; "Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville," an extended meditation on varieties of dislocation between art and reality, focuses on Robert Doisneau's famous photograph of the same title; "Tempestuous" is a passionate, Miranda-centred reading of Shakespeare's The Tempest. Each sequence is distinct, but together they explore a life of gap, fragment, flux. "Ah swift-wingèd youth," says a voice in "Trawling," "the world is, was, and ever will be full of wonder." Slovenly Love, in its exhilarating renovation of words and forms, gorgeously confirms that.

Says she favours tattoos, impermanent
as the memory of these blue lines. Hey,
beautiful, throw me a line, she calls,
too low to hear. Every third word slightly
erased, as if blurred by a wet thumb. Always
known we are lost in a long poem, fragmented
to gloss memory, she says.
Nevertheless, she adds, treading water,
I am not as melancholy as I seem to be
when that complaint escapes me.

- from "Blue Lines"

About The Author

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Méira Cook immigrated to Canada in 1991 at the age of 26. An accomplished poet,The Blood Girls is her first novel. Méira Cook lived many years in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and has returned to Winnipeg after residing in British Columbia.
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Title:Slovenly LoveFormat:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 8.75 × 7 × 0.31 inPublished:November 30, 2003Publisher:BRICK BOOKSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1894078322

ISBN - 13:9781894078320

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