Dr. Stephanie McKenzie has released her second book of poetry, titled Grace Must Wander.
Published by Salmon Poetry in July, the volume is comprised of a collection of poems that follows grace as it wanders through snowdrifts and late nights, taking the reader to Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and the United States.
In these poems, grace feels a particular affinity with Van Gogh, with Sylvia Plath, with women who can no longer speak for themselves. The reader learns that grace must wander even with the lonely sight of crows.
Dr. McKenzie is a poet, editor and professor, holding a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in Aboriginal literature in Canada. Her book of literary criticism, Before the Country: Native Renaissance, Canadian Mythology, was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2007. She is co-editor of The Echoing Years: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and Translation from Canada and Ireland (2007), co-editor and co-publisher of However Blow the Winds: An Anthology of Poetry and Song from Newfoundland & Labrador and Ireland (2004) and The Backyards of Heaven: Contemporary Poetry from Newfoundland and Labrador and Ireland (2003) and publisher and co-editor of Humber Mouths: Young Voices from the West Coast of Newfoundland & Labrador. With Dr. Martin Ware, Dr. McKenzie also co-edited An Island in the Sky: Selected Poetry of Al Pittman (Breakwater Books, St. John’s, 2003). Her first collection of poetry, Cutting My Mother’s Hair (with illustrations by Michael Pittman), was published by Salmon Poetry in 2006.
Grace Must Wander is available through Salmon Poetry’s online bookstore at http://www.salmonpoetry.com/gracemustwander.html
, or at the Grenfell College Bookstore. Grace Must Wander will takes place on Sept. 22.
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