Robin McGrath's first collection of poetry is alive with the scent of raspberries and the rhythms of speech and storytelling. These poems travel from Newfoundland meadows seeded with "escaped domestics" to an arctic held togehter with gaffer tape" and rich in berries, blood and magic. They move to Jeruslem where holy men "cut the tattered skin and flesh/From the Living trees" in the aftermath of a bus bomb, and circle back to examine domestic life where "The truth [is] rewritten/With every word or look or touch." Keenlyobservant and carefully wrought, these are the poems of a wanderer who holds in the heart that "cold, wild place called home."
About the Author
Robin McGrath is the author of nine books, including Trouble and Desire (1995), Escaped Domestics (1998), and Hoist Your Sails and Run (1999), and has published close to two hundred pieces in magazines such as Beaver, Inuit Art Quarterly, Parchment, TickleAce, Fiddlehead, and Room of One's Own.
She is a regular contributor to CBC Radio, has written and narrated three video scripts, and in 1999 won the Henry Fuerstenberg Poetry Prize, one of the Canadian Jewish book awards.
Her first play, A Mountain of Shoes, was staged during March 2002 in St. John's, Newfoundland. She currently has a radio documentary on aging and landscape in production. Robin was born in Newfoundland and lives and works in Beachy Cove, Conception Bay. Donovan's Station is her first adult novel.