Mood Swing, with Pear

Mood Swing, with Pear

by Sue MacLeod



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Mood Swing, with Pear by Sue MacLeod

Mood Swing, with Pear is a refreshing take on life, love and everything in between. Ranging from a tribute to iconic paintings by the late Canadian painter, Alex Colville, to poems constructed from how-to books and encyclopedias to a eulogy for an upstairs neighbour who is both an inspiration and an annoyance-Sue MacLeod illuminates, instructs and reminds us that sometimes the greatest insight is often found in the smallest corner of getting through the day. Playful but never glib, MacLeod succeeds in getting us to look closer at the everyday items in our lives we often take for granted.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781927426838
Publisher: Signature Editions
Publication date: 04/28/2016
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Sue MacLeod has lived in Halifax, where she was the city's inaugural poet laureate, in Toronto, and now in Montreal, but her roots are firmly in Cape Breton. Sue's poems have appeared in many journals, including The Malahat Review, Grain, Event and Room of One's Own, and anthologies including Coastlines: The Poetry of Atlantic Canada, The Art of Poetic Inquiry and Desperately Seeking Susans. Her work has won honours including Arc's Poem of the Year Award; she has been invited to read in nine provinces, and has taught poetry at Dalhousie University and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Sue is also a fiction writer whose first YA novel, Namesake, appeared in 2013 to critical acclaim. In 2015, she was shortlisted for a national award for her work as a freelance editor. Mood Swing, with Pear is her third book of poems.

Table of Contents

Gods are pushing swings in the morning light 9

The proportion or warm to cool

An unmarried woman considers Colville and his wife 13

How will I find you? 15

How to make love 17

In answer to your questions about love 18

Mood swing, with pear 20

After reading "Michiko Dead" 22

Counting down (an invitation?) 24

The rightful 35

The aunts & the uncles, they wouldn't sit still for their pictures but I caught them anyway 37

Through the swinging door 39

Sestina, with scrub-brush & moon 41

I have written for beginners 43

12 snakes & 8 ladders

At my next incarnation 47

The tribe who worshipped children 48

Glimpse 50

If I had my way with death 52

Circa 1930 54

Poem beginning with a line by Jack Gilbert 55

Poem beginning with a line from 57

Vegetarian poem, with a line by Albert Schweitzer 59

Some days, we're all domesticated animals 61

In the original, yellow-covered book 62

There are typically 12 snakes & 8 ladders 63

Real horses are a nuisance in this setting 64

Household hint (floors) 67

Spent 68

World history (ii) 70

Information desk (Spring Garden Road library) 71

Narrative painting 72

Where the sound comes through

Where the sound comes through 77

Notes and acknowledgements 93

About the author 95

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