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an exploded sestina

by (author) Shannon Maguire

Book*hug Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2015
Women Authors, General, LGBT
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Myrmurs is an innovative variant of the sestina form (a medieval mechanism of desire that spirals around six end words). Connecting medieval textuality to contemporary politics and poetics, this poem explores living systems: cities and languages as self-organizing entities; ants; interspecies entanglements; strange attachments; neocolonialism and how to break free of it. Following on her critically acclaimed debut collection fur(l) parachute (published by BookThug in 2013), this is the second volume in Shannon Maguire's planned medievalist trilogy.

About the author

Shannon Maguire is a non-binary writer and editor. The author of two full-length poetry collections, fur(l) parachute (2013)--shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry--and Myrmurs: An Exploded Sestina (2015), Shannon's poetry has been also shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Award and the Manitoba Magazine Award for Best Suite of Poems. Shannon has also published four chapbooks, the most recent of which, As An Eel Through the Body (2016) is a bilingual Finnish/English collaboration with Helsinki-based writer and literary scholar, Vappu Kannas. Shannon edited and wrote the critical introduction to Planetary Noise: Selected Poetry of Erín Moure (2017). With Lesley Belleau, Shannon is the guest co-editor of the Winter 2017 special issue of Contemporary Verse 2 on Northern Ontarian Innovative and Indigenous Poetics. Shannon lives in Calgary where she is an Assistant Professor (LTA) in the Department of English at the University of Calgary.

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