This is a book for this month’s challenge for the Book Mine Canadian Book Review Challenge! John Mutford selected these books for us to read and review.
This book is very unique and beautiful. It is a book of poetry about a very important and sad topic: dementia.
Jane Munro draws on her talents to address what T.S. Eliot called “the gifts reserved for age.” At the heart of this collection of poems is a partner’s crossing into Alzheimer’s. What a sad transition this is.
These poems intersect between the Eastern and Western poetic traditions. The poems are rich in pathos and shot through with moments of wit and candour.
The book sounds a bit like Taoist poems. I just loved the poems. They are surreal and beautiful at the same time. It is a rare combination to have in a book of this kind.
Jane Munro is the author of five previous books of poetry. Her work has received the Bliss Carman Poetry Award and the Macmillan Prize for Poetry, and was nominated for the Pat Lowther Award. She is a member of Yoko’s Dogs, a poetry collective whose first book, Whisk, appeared in 2013. She lives in Vancouver.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth