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Wrack Line

by (author) M.W. Jaeggle

University of Regina Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2023
General, Canadian
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    Sep 2023
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The powerful debut from author and poet M.W. Jaeggle.

Like the coastal zone where high tides deposit organic materials and other debris, M.W. Jaeggle’s Wrack Line traces loss, guilt, and subsequent loneliness, while exploring regenerative possibilities of language, memory, and land, taking readers on a journey that will leave them like “A black horse...winded at the gate” of some new grace.

About the author

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, M.W. Jaeggle is the author of three chapbooks, Janus on the Pacific, The Night of the Crash, and Choreography for a Falling Blouse. He lives in Buffalo, New York, where he is a PhD student in the Department of English at SUNY Buffalo. Wrack Line is his first book of poetry.

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Editorial Reviews

“Forceful reflection.” —Literary Review of Canada

"Jaeggle uses the wrack line—the area of seashore where organic material and other debris is deposited at high tide—brilliantly as a metaphor for poetry, not only as a palimpsest record of one's life, the gathered detritus in lines, but also the grey spaces between the breaking of waves." —BC Review

"An assured debut that augurs well for future volumes." —The Miramichi Reader

"There are some stunning moments and movements across Jaeggle’s Wrack Line; I am very curious to see where he might go next.” —Rob McLennan

“Jaeggle’s precise, tender, often surprising evocations of the natural world allow me to feel his earth as something seen, renewed and renewable. The joys of perceiving and making words work carry me with the lightest touch toward pleasure and human connection, where awareness trumps sorrow and angst. The details and images, warm and charming, contribute much to the book’s wisdom.” —David Zieroth, author of watching for life

"From memory, from brushstroke, from tidal aftermath, M.W. Jaeggle’s poems contain profound resonances." —Laurie D. Graham, author of Fast Commut