Toward a Catalogue of Falling

by Méira Cook


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Shortlisted for the 1997 Pat Lowther Award and for the 1997 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award

Toward a Catalogue of Falling, Méira Cook’s second full-length book, proves that the fall into language can be both graceful and startling. Whether she is rewriting Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Little Mermaid” (as she does in her poem sequence “Days of Water”), thinking of Breughel’s/Williams’/ Auden’s Icarus, reading oranges, or offering advice for catching crows, Cook’s words are luminous. Language is a character in these poems, along with circus performers, Venetian tour guides, clumsy sons and migrating geese. Cook writes poems that bless hearts turned to salt, and revive the silenced energies of words. Always unexpected, always elegant, this is language that endures.

“The poems are dramatic rushes of words, vibrant and intense…. Some are bizarre narratives fusing the wild ‘slanguage’ of Eliza Clark and Ondaatje-like exotica.” for A Fine Grammar of Bones – George Elliott Clarke

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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,…

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Additional Info

  • ISBN: 0919626882
  • ISBN-13: 9780919626881
  • Pages: 112
  • Year: 1996
  • Dimensions 6 x 8.75 x 0.31 in
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    Photograph by Méira Cook

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