Margaret Christakos' fourth poetry collection playfully filters the refrains of domestic experience through an ever-shifting procedural sieve, rendering a series of ground-out texts which lift the vernacular to the plane of exuberant bliss. A woman's kaleidoscopic self-image emerges where memory and culture double back on each other amidst the practical realities of needing to leave the scene of mothering in order to write at all. The lover within the mother is invited throughout to speak and deliver herself through a series of impassioned memoirs to an exhilerating and complex embrace of the present.
Margaret Christakos is the author of Other Words for Grace (Mercury) and Not Egypt (Coach House Books). Her writing has appeared in journals across Canada, including Poetry Canada, Prism, Tessera, Room of One's Own, West Coast Line, Rubicon, and Open Letter. She has served on the editorial boards of FUSE, Fireweed, and Women's Education des femmes. Based in Toronto, she was born in Sudbury, Ontario.
Christakos' poems process collage in all its meanings, revamping the sexual: the personal and language's lurid tryst and performance. These poems are something else. Becomingly so, they evade random sampling as meaning; they have their own forceful wonder, impact behind the eyes.Ó (Arc)
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