The Mystery Shopping Cart: Essays on Poetry and Culture


Anita Lahey

ISBN-13: 978-1-926794-17-4
$19.95 CDN / $18.95 US | Trade Paperback
October 2013

A collection of essays, reviews, personal reflections and interviews that offer a welcoming and insightful tour of contemporary Canadian poetry, as well as cultural studies on topics ranging from clothespins to eulogies to the experience of travelling in Poland while the country was in mourning for Pope John Paul II. Anita Lahey, who edited Arc Poetry Magazine, Canada’s most distinguished and lively poetry journal, from 2005-2012, brings together here her thought-provoking Arc essays with appreciations and reviews of a who’s who of Canadian women poets, including Diana Brebner, M. Travis Lane, P.K. Page, the long-neglected Dorothy Roberts, and Gwendolyn MacEwen, whose dramatic life and death unfortunately persist in overshadowing the legacy of her work. She writes on her Polish-immigrant grandmother and on growing up as the daughter of a cash register repairman, and engages in probing discussions with eminent Canadian authors Stephanie Bolster, John Barton, Joan Thomas and Alice Munro.

Weight 377 g
Dimensions 22.9 × 15.2 × 1.5 cm




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