Geomantic riposte: 'The Aviary'
Miranda Pearson moved to Canada from England in 1991 and has made many important contributions to the literary scene in Vancouver, BC through her work as an editor, teacher, and poet. Pearson’s poetry has been published widely in literary journals and anthologies, including The Bright Well: Contemporary Canadian Poems about Facing Cancer and Forcefield: 77 Women Poets of British Columbia. The Aviary, Pearson’s second book of poetry and the winner of the Alfred G. Bailey Award in 2006, is an intriguing collection in its progression from shorter poems with more recognizable lines of verse to longer poems that dance to the very edges of the page with increasing finesse and innovation. Amid all the Dickensian by David Lean greyness in quizzical stills from Westerham to the West Coast of Canada, the might and charm of Pearson’s lyric personality is certainly a silver lining woven through each silence upon the page. As Robert Kroetsch indicates: “I delight in these poems. Their verbal strategies, their echoes and replies, their life-givingness.”
The Aviary by Miranda Pearson (Oolichan Press, 2006, Page 54)
You were not born for this. You have always
gone too far, stretched thin the miles
till nothing and no one could reach you.
This elongated winter has ground on
for too long, contentment has been refused
like food or the delicate wrought-iron chair
you prefer to leave tipped over, with its
small burden of snow.
For years you have been a child in the dark, searching
for clues, believing you were not wanted but
if you were good you might be safe. And the inverse of that.
Geomantic Riposte: Bananas
For the warbride, it must have been a shock from sea to sea
railing on through all that nothing and winter nothing Held
in her husband’s arms outside the CN station and snapped on
the front page next to that riveting piece WARBRIDE BABIES
FEAR BANANAS probably the conquest of the new world
was a bright pamphlet with sexy cartoons shiny bullets
about the finer points of plots that were not theirs to shill
in this limited-time offer subject to Depression and snow
A Dagenhamite Jew and an Irish cop is kind of cliché come
Christmas when “diversity” smashed a window to bring the
tree inside Yes they looked happy next to words and facts
checked, when The Vancouver Sun did its caryatids proud