Double Somersaults

by Marlene Cookshaw


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In Double Somersaults, Marlene Cookshaw writes with an unflinching openness that makes song of vulnerability and of the late twentieth century’s collecting sorrows: “”All we can hope for is everything, I say/ All we are given’s an old pair of shoes.”” These poems are rich with change, with aging parents and lost childhoods, torn relationships and gathering discontent. But Cookshaw’s larger concern is possibility: how we live in and with the world, how we live with ourselves.

“”Marlene Cookshaw, most excellent of editors, in Double Somersaults, gives us her version. A book full of ‘logic and possibility”” – P. K. Page

Marlene Cookshaw was born and raised in Southern Alberta and now lives on Pender Island, B.C. She is currently acting editor of The Malahat Review. Marlene is the author of two other books of poetry, Personal Luggage and The Whole Elephant, and of two chapbooks, Coupling and Bottomland.


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Marlene Cookshaw was born and raised in southern Alberta and now lives on Pender Island, BC. She edits The Malahat Review, and teaches at the Victoria School of Writing. She has served on juries for various writing awards, among them the BC Book Prize for Poetry and the Prince Edward Island Literary Competition. Marlene is…

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  • ISBN: 1894078063
  • ISBN-13: 9781894078061
  • Pages: 112
  • Year: 1999
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.75 x 0.31 in
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    Panel, from Surrealist Quilt from the exhibition 'Through the Eyes of a Child' by Alyssa Bettencourt

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