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Ending With Music

by Maurice Mierau

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Shortlisted for the 2003 John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer and for the 2003 Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for best first book (Manitoba Writing and Publishing Awards)

Maurice Mierau tackles big subjects — sex, senility, war, suicide — without a ponderous bone in his body. His approach to poetry is amazingly vital, with a strong pop sensibility and a wry sense of humour. These poems are ripe with the atmosphere of a Wim Wenders film, with a little Isaac Bashevis Singer sprinkled in — an unforgettable mix of horror and fable. Jarringly beautiful at times, Ending with Music offers a vivid sense of person and place, encompassing Rilke, the rural Mennonite past, and the atrocities in Srebrenica.

when the executioner struck off the man’s head something flew
off his face so he put up his hands

(no one saw what it was or why he put his hands up but some
said they saw a black hen he tried whisking away and

others said it was a demon with shears
dancing and glinting in the sun) but everybody soon saw

the executioner’s nose drop off which was
definitely God.

from “Revenge Stories”

“Mierau’s poems are full of movement.  …They launch narratives with spin, invite silence, then linger on the ear.” — Carol Shields

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Maurice Mierau is a Winnipeg writer who has published poetry, fiction, and reviews since the mid-1980s. He was born in the United States and grew up in Africa, the Caribbean, the U.S., and Saskatchewan. His background is Mennonite. His interests include jazz (he plays upright bass in a jazz group), old Hollywood movies, science fiction,…

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  • ISBN: 1894078233
  • ISBN-13: 9781894078238
  • Pages: 86
  • Year: 2002
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.75 x 0.25 in
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    Photograph of the Washington Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis by Daniel Corrigan. The American poet John Berryman ended his life by jumping off this bridge on January 7, 1972.

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