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north: Classic Canadian mythos from Marilyn Irwin and above/ground press

Byline: Reprint from Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: north

Author: Marilyn Irwin

Publisher: above/ground press

Date of Publication: 2017

Pages: 30

“We’ll tell our stories on these walls
Every year, measure how tall”
- from Sleeping At Last by North

north, a brilliant truthtelling in poetry narrative, broken Canadienensis commiserates and wins in the New Age Renaissance Republique of Poetry. Marilyn Irwin (Poet, publisher) lives and works in Ottawa. Her work includes 7 Chapbooks and she has been published by Puddles of Sky, Arc Magazine, Matrix Magazine, Apt. 9 Press, above/ground press. She is the Poetry Editor at shreeking violets press.

This poetry is a broken narrative telling the story of alone with a subtle humour. The Chapbook begins with a plaint,


he said he wouldn’t speak

to me ever again

if i killed myself”

the poetry continues with (&) at the top of each page, as if a cycle of days, months, years begins and travels. The poetry is minimalist and sometimes surreal, inside a narrative. As a storyline it presents a Neo-Reichstag hell as if broken mismatched marriages turn into more marriages that break in long drawn out time boxes of alone, drugs and mental hospitals inspiring dramatic artscapes. And alludes to a certain hidden violence, an undertoad, in life N.A. north is a fresh look at the underground diaspora.

Inside “a day in the life”, the hassle of job interviews that don’t pan, remembering to water the plants, clean up cat puke, how she feels heavy, going to the bar and having a drink named after her and at the end of the Chapbook alludes to “north”, as if it is some mythical place that is safe where everything is better, better than filling out another job application to Toronto.

This offering is quintessentially Canadian, you can feel the winter in it, the iconography of the movie “Goin’ down the road”. An Existentialist nightmare, saved by poetry in motion, an exciting Art Nouveau narrative in classic Canadian mythos, north, by Marilyn Irwin and above/ground press.

Genre: Poetry, New Age, Women's Literature

Available @ above/ground press.

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