Book details

Publication date: March 2021
Series: Robert Kroetsch Series
Keywords: marriage; parenthood in divorce; infidelity; separation; guilt; resentment; sensuality; wildness; divorce; Feminist; experimental imagery; Confessional poetry; sexual attraction; Canadian poetry; Women writers
Subject(s): POETRY / Canadian / General, POETRY / Women Authors, POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Family, marriage; parenthood in divorce; infidelity; separation; guilt; resentment; sensuality; wildness; divorce; Feminist; experimental imagery; Confessional poetry; sexual attraction; Canadian poetry; Women writers, Poetry, Women's Studies, Canadian Literature / Poetry, Poetry by individual poets, Modern & contemporary poetry (c 1900 onwards)
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Micheline Maylor. Micheline Maylor is a Poet Laureate Emeritus of Calgary (2016-18) and was the Calgary Public Library Author in Residence in Fall, 2016. She teaches creative writing at Mount Royal University. Her most recent book Little Wildheart (UAlberta Press) was long-listed for both the Pat Lowther and Raymond Souster awards. Find her online at www.michelinemaylor.com.

"These poems will wreck your home, wake you up with their noisy sex, devastate like a Wall Street banker on a Saturday night bender. These poems will sober you up in the morning with the strength of flowers, of prayer flags. These poems understand everything you’ve lived through. They show you where you live."

Susan Musgrave, author of Origami Dove


"Micheline Maylor is Canada’s Anne Sexton. To understand The Bad Wife, imagine Sexton on stage in 'cum-fuck-me-shoes,' perhaps chain-smoking, belting out Walt Whitman’s lost one-woman show about Helen of Troy. Linguistically inventive, surreal, playful, and ruthlessly honest, Maylor wades into the swamp of divorce, emerging with almost unbearable images of humiliation, devastation, joy, and praise. 'I’ve been,' she exclaims, 'a home wrecker, / witch, savior, mentor, mother. Let me tell you, I have been all / those things.' In these confessional poems, Maylor—without a whiff of virtue signaling—places her own psyche and body under the microscope, as great artists do."

John Wall Barger, author of The Mean Game

Contents
1 How to Become a Bad Wife
2 Epithalamion: The Grand Canyon was a Long Way Down
3 The Mean Game
4 Yesterday, I went to the market
5 The Crow Takes the Body
6 Scrapbook
7 Your Motto
8 The Sleep
9 The Bad Wife’s Ankle
10 Two Men
11 How To Become A Bad Mother
12 (N)Ever Thought
13 How to Have Encounters with Foxes
14 The Danger of Georgian Guest Houses
15 The Bad Wife’s Clavicle
16 The Pine Siskin
17 And Let’s Not Forget Christina Lake
18 The Crow Gives a Body
19 The Bad Wife’s Vulva
20 Portrait of My Life as a Nurse Log
21 Guilt
22 Divorce Sudoku
23 So, Say I
24 The Moral Responsibility to be Intelligent
25 This is My 21st Wedding Anniversary
26 Don’t Feed the Animals
27 She tells me
28 There is No Word
29 Reasons for My Husband’s Inattentiveness
30 Styx and Stones
31 Vagabond
32 How to Be a Bad Ex-Wife
33 Double Fisting
34 Become
35 No Matter the Shape of Things, You are Much Missed
36 Inclement Weather
40 Omen: Calla Lilies
73 Notes
75 Acknowledgements
77 Prologue: On Our First/Last Toast
79 Epilogue
ISBNs: 9781772125481 978-1-77212-548-1 Title: the bad wife ISBNs: 9781772125580 978-1-77212-558-0 Title: the bad wife