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Annick MacAskill (CA)

Shadow Blight

Shadow Blight

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Shadow Blight considers the pain and isolation of pregnancy loss through the lens of classical myth. Drawing on the stories of Niobe–whose monumental suffering at the loss of her children literally turned her to stone–and others, this collection explores the experience of being swept away by grief and silenced by the world. Skirting the tropes (“o how beautiful / the poets make our catastrophes”), MacAskill interweaves the ancient with the contemporary in a way that opens possibilities and offers a new language for those “shut up in stillness.”

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Gaspereau

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Annick MacAskill is Arc Poetry Magazine’s poet-in-residence for 2021–22. Her poetry collections include Murmurations and No Meeting Without Body, which was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and shortlisted for the J.M. Abraham Award. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she teaches French language and literature at Saint Mary’s University.

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