Recipes from The Red Planet
By Meredith Quartermain
Illustrated by Susan Bee
Suppose fiction is a mansion of mirrors where narrative, setting and plot are characters, and suppose this castle is haunted by Martians constantly rearranging, reversing and transelating its furniture of myths, fables and nursery rhymes. Let's play space-wars, say the Martians, ... Read more
Suppose fiction is a mansion of mirrors where narrative, setting and plot are characters, and suppose this castle is haunted by Martians constantly rearranging, reversing and transelating its furniture of myths, fables and nursery rhymes. Let's play space-wars, say the Martians, it's just a game ï?? our guns shoot words. You zap a Martian. She disappears, but it turns out this Martian is a master chef who even created a recipe for life. How are you going to get the recipe back? How rebuild her carnival laboratory?
Near the end of these wry and witty pages we are told of someone from Ontario, and the same page asks, Where is Ontario from? The same could be asked of the Red Planet, or Quartermain's ingredients: her lists, her seemingly endless strings of relations made tastier by the weight of form, be they tales, news reports, voice imitations. Metaphysics, local history, classics, astronomy ï?? the reference range is vast, but so is the contemporary experience. A rising crust! ï?? Michael Turner
Meredith Quartermain is a poet and novelist living inVancouver, British Columbia. Her first book of poetry, VancouverWalking, won a BC Book Award for poetry; Recipes fromthe Red Planet was a finalist for a BC Book Award for fiction;and Nightmarker was a finalist for a Vancouver Book Award.A novel, Rupert’s Land, was released by NeWest Press in Fall2013. She has since published a collection of stories entitledI, Bartleby and a second novel, U Girl. She is also cofounder ofNomados Literary Publishers, who have brought out more than50 chapbooks of innovative Canadian and US writing since 2002.From 2014 to 2016, she was Poetry Mentor in the SFU Writer’sStudio Program, and she has enjoyed leading workshops atthe Kootenay School of Writing, The Toronto New School ofWriting and Naropa University.