In celebration of Myna Wallin being shortlisted for the 2010 Descant/Winston Collins Prize for Best Canadian Poem, here is a Tuesday Teaser from A Thousand Profane Pieces.
Myna Wallin is a Toronto-based author and editor. She has her Masters degree in English Literature from U of T. She is the author of three chapbooks: Vulnerable Positions (2002), The Old Abandonment (2003), and Warning Signs (2005), all with believe your own press. Her first full-length poetry collection, A Thousand Profane Pieces, was published by Tightrope Books in Spring 2006.
The poems in this collection are erotic and wry, a first hand tour through the world of today s woman for whom desire is no longer a dirty word. Wallin’s poems explore where the sensual woman has been and where she s going. If Candice Bushnell was a poet, these are the sort of poems she would write.
I dreamed of a spelling bee, I was applauding
and you were up next.
MONOGAMY the judge intoned.
Repeat, you said.
You scraped by with M-O-, sounding it out, N-O-,
finding Latin roots, G-A-, gasping, A-M-Y?
Your opponent spelled DISPOSABLE
so quickly I thought he was showing off.
ETERNITY. Perspiring, you looked stymied,
and I felt sorry for you.
You weren’t expecting such hard words.
You can purchase A Thousand Profane Pieces from the Tightrope Books Website.