Little Wildheart (Robert Kroetsch Series) by Micheline Maylor

By Micheline Maylor

via turns quirky, startling, earthy, and hope-filled, Micheline Maylor’s poems slip without difficulty via themes starting from what we quit as we age to regrets for romance that has handed, the interaction among the animal global and human concept, and the myths we append to ourselves and others. An expansive, conversational voice underscores the poet’s technical mastery as her topics flip from like to wish to fearlessness. Maylor asks readers to understand how we inhabit our selves, how phrases build us. Little Wildheart is wealthy with problem and surprise.

I payment the field at the govt types: Caucasian. No box
for colonized, for the 1/16th bred. simply the double helix of my DNA,
my skill to sun-brown, and my very own green-eyed children
of the voyageur, river visions nonetheless stuck of their irises.
We’re born out of a protracted in the past season.
Everyone is certain of position and race. Blood and semen
mixed in dust and cervix, convex and enchanted through muskrat’s eerie smile,
dark fact furred and raveled, stroked through a river paddle.
Let that lengthy the teeth chunk now within the land of the race riots,
negro, and redskin, the underground railroad,
and the Indian village.
Let the identify Pontiac take new shape and hit the road,
the righteous mile the place judgement and boundary blurs,
especially on issues of composition
blood, bone, and relations.

—from “Detroit Zoo toilet 1977”

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