A Taste of Cook`s Thursday Reading

ImageThis fascinating description of Méira Cook’s poetry collection A Walker in the City leaves no doubt why the first poem from the collection has won first place in the 2006 CBC Literary Awards and various poems have been selected as part of the Poetry in Motion initiative.Come hear Cook read from this collection TOMORROW!

A fascinating, ambling, loitering mystery story in verse, a whoizzit… rather than a whodunit.

In this innovative and arresting narrative poem, Méira Cook’s walker, a young woman, is a character being written by an “old city poet,” who is in turn being written by another poet, for whom the young woman, “Ms. Em Cook,” has been an amanuensis. Always witty and often hilarious, feather-light in touch, the book is an entertaining exploration of serious issues: youth and age; life, death and rebirth; the (dis)connection of language and reality; tradition and the now. It is an assemblage of seven nesting sections, each of them a sort of chapbook speaking to each of the others and rounding out a long poem of great freshness. A Walker in the City is one of a kind, one of the most original books Brick has ever published.

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