The poems in A Fine Grammar of Bones are haunting and often poignant incantations. Méira Cook’s poetry and prose inhabit a world of fable and magic. Her cadences are primal, her language allusive, her subjects reminiscent of sideshow. In the prose sections, the company of bizarre includes a woman who keeps her mother’s heart in the fridge, a night watchman who dresses his mannequin in the finest lingerie, and a schoolteacher who passes his days with a dead dog tied to his leg. These poems are haunting and often poignant incantations—this first collection, musical and fantastical, introduces an uncommon imagination to Canadian literature.
Meira Cook was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she worked as an arts journalist and university lecturer. Her prose and poems have appeared in Canadian Fiction Magazine, Dandelion, Prairie Fire, Border Crossings and Absinthe. She is the winner of the CBC 2006 Literary Award for poetry and currently lives and writes in Winnipeg, Manitoba.