Fear Not is lyrical, political, raunchy, blasphemous, and deeply engaged with ethical questions. Inspired by the Gideon Bible's list of self-help topics each poem is arranged to play off poetic and Biblical forms.
Ranging in subject from suicide to divorce, unemployment to gratitude, Afghanistan to Gethsemane, Fear Not attempts consolation, all the while mocking its own failure to lessen human pain.
Mierau also surveys contemporary culture, skewering our intense involvement with pop phenomena such as America's Next Top Model and Britney Spears. He recalls the formal beauty of the Psalms with refrains that echo the debased commercial speech used to advertise iPods, Kahlua, and Cialis.
In Fear Not, Maurice Mierau boldly disturbs and draws from the Gideon Bible; the result is a magnificent achievement, a palimpsest at once steeped in irony and starkly tender, profane and sacred, ancient and relentlessly contemporary. With its formal innovations and haunting echoes, this is rare and necessary poetry for our time, for the skeptics and the faithful alike.
—Barbara Nickel author of Domain
Maurice Mierau was born in Indiana and grew up in Nigeria, Manitoba, Jamaica, Kansas, and Saskatchewan. His first book of poems, Ending with Music was a finalist for the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award, and Mierau was short-listed for the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Author. Memoir of a Living Disease, his non-fiction book, won a Margaret McWilliams Award. His work has been published in Arc, The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire and other magazines. He lives with his family in Winnipeg where he works as a wrier, editor, and teacher.