Paperwhite – Catherine Mamo (2009, Thistledown Press, Saskatoon)
I always wonder why I don’t read more poetry – especially when it is as good as the work found in this collection by Catherine Mamo. Short, intimate, and mostly bittersweet, these poems are little jagged snips of Mamo’s personal life, presentations of the juxtaposition of housewifery routine and the natural world. As always, I am drawn to the fact that she writes about the Canadian west…and the proliferation of floral imagery is attractive to me as well. Put Paperwhite on your must-read list for the new year, even if you don’t usually read poetry.