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Myna Wallin Tuesday Teaser

By Tightrope Books | February 3rd, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | 2 Comments

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,
bewildered even,

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.

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  1. jwindsor says:

    Myna's poetry is hilariously poignant to the values of the day.
    She nudges our critical hearts and minds to rethink our beliefs, our norms and our choices.

    Moreover, Myna proves to be a humourously sarcastic poet, stretching our minds to question each semblance of humanity that we construct for ourselves.

    Keep the poetry FLOWing,
    Jill Windsor, Simcoe Literacy Consultant

  2. jwindsor says:

    Please post more wry, brave poetry teasers!!!!

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