Shortlisted for the 2016 ReLit Award
Dazzling collection of masques from Manitoba Book of the Year– and Walrus Poetry Prize–winning author.
Monologue Dogs is a series of contemporary dramatic monologues. Every “voice” has its own imagined rhythm and nuances of poetic speech that are as vibrant, wayward, mournful, errant, or unruly as the characters who speak. Setting the lyric against street argot, archaic language against deflating or ironic feints, metaphors against declarative sentences, the elegiac against the ribald, classical or literary allusions against anachronistic references, these monologues reflect our own disordered subjectivities. In the words of Molly Peacock: “Read her for a fresh, contemporary and knowing sensibility—not to mention an unforgettable sense of humour.”
Suddenly the car drops down on all fours
and will go no further. Arrival is neither here
nor there, mother says, searching for her key.
But her key is in the last lost pocket of the world’s
overcoat and tonight — tonight the forest is ajar.
—from “The Hunger Artists”
Praise for Monologue Dogs:
“Again Méira Cook proves herself to be one of Canada’s most compelling poets.” —Molly Peacock
“These are poems to read and reread with growing pleasure and admiration.” —Steven Heighton
- “Future(s) Behind Us”
Kyle Kinaschuk, Canadian Literature, Special issue 226 (Autumn 2015)
- New Tricks for Old Dogs: Méira Cook’s Monologue Dogs
Dean Steadman, Arc poetry magazine, July 14, 2016
- BOOK REVIEW: Monologue Dogs
Alexandra Pasian, Matrix magazine, summer 2016, issue 104
- Monologue Dogs by Méira Cook
Paul Franz, The Malahat Review, 194, Spring 2016
- A Review of Méira Cook’s Monologue Dogs
David Huebert, The Rusty Toque, Issue 9, November 15, 2015
About the Author
Méira Cook has published three previous poetry collections with Brick Books. Her poetry has won first place in the CBC Literary Awards, and a poem from this collection won the inaugural Walrus Poetry Prize. Her first novel, The House on Sugarbush Road, won the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year Award. Her second novel, Nightwatching,…