The Whole Elephant

by Marlene Cookshaw


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Shortlisted for the 1990 Dorothy Livesay Award for Poetry (BC Book Prizes)

Marlene Cookshaw is a Cheshire cat of a poet whose naturally realized details illuminate a shifting wholeness on the “singing edge” between dream and waking. Hers is a quilted language at once covering and revealing our fascinating ordinariness. The long poem “In The Swim” subtly captures the desperate and humourous beauty of a seemingly plain life closely observed. Other poems leap with deftness and daring across the open plain of our lives, leaving images so strong, so strange, they verge on myth.


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About the Author

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: 0919626440
  • ISBN-13: 9780919626447
  • Pages: 80
  • Year: 1989
  • Dimensions 6 x 9 x 0.25 in
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  • Cover Art:

    'Porch Light' by Gwen Curry

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