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

ISBNs: 9781772125481 978-1-77212-548-1 Title: the bad wife ISBNs: 9781772125580 978-1-77212-558-0 Title: the bad wife