In Rue The Day, Tanis Macdonald torques time and consciousness to scrutinize "what plagues us/what snaps our heads to/rights and won't let us look/at look over look alive." Written in the voices of a demanding "speaking subject" -- a fury with a harpy's vision and a muse's asperity -- and the woman writer whom the Fury takes under her terrible wing, Rue the Day is an elegy, an argument about the knowledge, and a conversation about contemporary femininity that shuttles between the frame of form and the long declarative line.
"Rue the Day offers a profoundly moving exploration of loss precisely because MacDonald is so aware of the pitfalls of easy consolation."
-- The Malahat Review
``Death, anger, prophecy, truth, grief, lies, and love conspire in the poetry of Tanis MacDonald, to foment an alchemy uniquely hers. Fired with a signature intelligence, these shrewdly hone, sometimes volatile poems, invoke us to give them our closes attention and deepest thought -- for, rue the day, they take no prisoners.
-- John Barton, author of Asymmetrics
"Tanis MacDonald's magpie poetry makes old words into new cloth as it xplores art, relationships, grief, and the connections between them. These poems, full of sense and sound, insist on being heard."
-- Alison Calder
Tanis MacDonald is the author of three poetry collections, Fortune (Turnstone), Holding Ground (Seraphim), and Rue the Day (Turnstone), and the editor of Speaking of Power: The Poetry of Di Brandt (Wilfrid UP). Holding Ground was nominated for the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award, and for the Eileen Sykes MacTavish Award at the Manitoba Writing and Publishing Awards in 2001. She won the Bliss Carman Poetry Award in 2003, and is associate professor of Canadian literature in the Department of English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.