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