The Endless Garment

By Marguerite Pigeon

The Endless Garment
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In a fresh and unique look at epic poetry, Marguerite Pigeon has created what may be a new classic. With equal parts love of the art form and social critique, Pigeon ranges over time and space in a series of long poems that delve into the history and impact of fashion. Guided, ... Read more


Overview

In a fresh and unique look at epic poetry, Marguerite Pigeon has created what may be a new classic. With equal parts love of the art form and social critique, Pigeon ranges over time and space in a series of long poems that delve into the history and impact of fashion. Guided, and haunted, by a series of ghosts, from Coco Chanel to Gypsy Rose Lee to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Pigeon's narrator moves through the floors of a grand existential department store, comprehending, reinventing and questioning her approach to, and understanding of, fashion. At times manic, at times surreal and always needle sharp, The Endless Garment is an extraordinary work of imagination that every reader will want to try on.

Marguerite Pigeon

Marguerite Pigeon is a writer of poetry and fiction. Since completing her MFA at the University of British Columbia in 2004, she has been working as an editor of academic publications while completing this collection of poems and her first novel. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals, including 'subTerrain', 'The Capilano Review', 'dANDelion', 'Grain', and 'Taddle Creek'. Originally from Blind River, Northern Ontario, she currently lives in Vancouver.

Reviews

"Divided into seasonal and functional sections like a glossy magazine's contents page, Marguerite Pigeon's 'pocket epic' miniaturizes the speaker's epic obsession with fashion. She realizes she shouldn't want to 'go shopping' ? the waste, the child labour, the cruelty, the illusion ? but in the end, she once again owns her endless fascination, pleasure, and ambivalence. The strong tactility of Pigeons's language ? which invokes both texture and fabrication ? makes for a candid exploration of the transformative effect of clothing, beyond fashion and beyond the perennial critique of fashion. " – Sharon Thesen, author of The Good Bacteria and The Receiver

"Divided into seasonal and functional sections like a glossy magazine's contents page, Marguerite Pigeon's 'pocket epic' miniaturizes the speaker's epic obsession with fashion. She realizes she shouldn't want to 'go shopping' – the waste, the child labour, the cruelty, the illusion – but in the end, she once again owns her endless fascination, pleasure, and ambivalence. The strong tactility of Pigeons's language – which invokes both texture and fabrication – makes for a candid exploration of the transformative effect of clothing, beyond fashion and beyond the perennial critique of fashion. " – Sharon Thesen, author of The Good Bacteria and The Receiver

"Dantean in scope, The Endless Garment, takes us to the paradise and underworld of fashion in a marvellous symphony of fabrics, cuts, and textures. The journey is exhilarating and unforgettable, and we emerge with much insight into the cloth and the weaver of our lives. " – Meredith Quartermain, author of Recipes from the Red Planet and Lullabies in the Real World

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