The Armies of the Moon by Gwendolyn MacEwen

I got this book for free – well, as payment – for volunteering at my English department’s biannual charity book sale. I’ve been meaning to pick up some Gwendolyn MacEwan for a while, because she’s one of the big names – and one of the few big lady names – in 60s CanLit.

I was really afraid that I was going to hate her writing, or that it would be largely pretentious and overblown (here’s looking at you, Irving Layton) but I actually fell in love with the first poem I flipped to – which was, and I can’t highly recommend this enough, “Memoirs of a Mad Cook.”

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