The Bad Wife

Micheline Maylor’s The Bad Wife is an intimate, first-hand account of how to ruin a marriage. This is a story of divorce, love, and what should have been, told in a brave and unflinching voice. Pulling the reader into a startling web of sensuality, guilt, resentment, and pleasure, this collection asks: what if you set off a bomb in your own house? What if you lose love and destroy everything you ever knew? These poems have a disarming immediacy, full of surprising imagery, dark humour, and the bold thoughts of a vibrant and flawed protagonist. Balancing a need for wildness and the space to dwell, The Bad Wife explores the taut confines of those vivid, earthly pleasures that we all know and sometimes can’t escape.

I forgot the oath:  Do no harm.-

from “Yesterday, I Went to the Market”

Published by:

University of Alberta Press

Drifting Like a Metaphor
Micheline Maylor’s anthology, Drifting Like a Metaphor, introduces Calgary poets who have the ability to make connections that work to pull together language, image, and emotion. Her criteria was that the poets are not yet published in book form, but are able to make story and voice work to create an emotional reaction through many forms and styles. We hope readers will agree that any of the twelve poets showcased in this anthology could easily become the next great voice or future poet laureate of Calgary.
Book Details

Publication Date:  May 2018
Keywords:  Poetry/Canadian Literature
Published by:  Frontenac House

Little Wildheart
Micheline Maylor's poems slip effortlessly through topics ranging from what we give up as we age to regrets for love that has passed, the interplay between the animal world and human thought, and the myths we append to ourselves and others.  An expansive, conversational voice underscores the poet's technical mastery as her subjects turn from hope to fearlessness.  Maylor asks readers to perceive how we inhabit our selves, how words construct us.  By turns quirky, startling, earthy, and hope-filled, these poems reflect the moods of existence.  Little Wildheart is rich with challenge and surprise.
Book Details

Publication Date:  February 2017
Series: Robert Kroetsch Series
Keywords:  Poetry/Canadian Literature

Whirr and Click

Micheline Maylor's many-textured poems explore the liminal space where finite time expand and contract into one another.  In a duet of contrasts, memory, coming of age, danger, the erotic, and love twine into elegy and wonder.  Time plays a featuring role and acts to freeze moments exactly as they arrive and simultaneously stretches experience into ungraspable infinity.

  The Raymond Knister Poems
Raymond Knister was a rising Canadian literary star when he died mysteriously of drowning in 1932. In this debut collection Micheline Maylor considers the circumstances surrounding Knister's sudden death and deftly captures the voices of those caught up in the tragedy. Treading gently through innuendo and rumour, Maylor draws the reader into the story with finely etched portraits of the characters and their imagined emotions.