ANNICK MACASKILL MURMURATIONS
Murmurations is a collection of love poems that explores how intimacy tests the capacity of language—how music is also noise and the prospect for miscommunication abounds. Populating her poems with birdsong and murmurings of the natural world, MacAskill highlights how poets and lovers share much with birders on the twitch, how even keen observation and intense passion can fail us as we pursue our beloved across distances and through time. Yet when we do finally find love it often seems, like a rare bird, “at once/singular and improbable/ because of how clearly it appeared to us.” (Gaspereau Press, 2020)
ANNICK MACASKILL is the author of Murmurations (Gaspereau Press, 2020). Her debut collection, No Meeting Without Body (Gaspereau Press, 2018), was nominated for the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and shortlisted for the J. M. Abraham Poetry Award (Atlantic Book Awards).
MacAskill has been a finalist for the CBC’s Canada Writes Poetry Prize, The Fiddlehead‘s Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, Grain Magazine‘s Short Grain Contest, The New Quarterly‘s Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest, and other literary honours. Her writing has appeared in journals and anthologies across Canada and abroad, including The Humber Literary Review, Best Canadian Poetry 2019, Canadian Notes & Queries, Plenitude, Grain Magazine, Prism, Versal, Room Magazine, The Stinging Fly, The Fiddlehead, Arc, Lemon Hound, and CV2.
Originally from Ontario, she currently lives and writes in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the traditional and ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq.