About Micheline Maylor
The poem for me, ultimately, is about forward thinking. One where we can look toward the next 150 years with a hope for redress. I am both Kanatian and Canadian. We live in one of the best countries in the world, but we need to wake up, look at the damage of colonialism, acknowledge it, and move away from it to a feasible cohabitation that is fair and just. We need move away from the blame game; even toddlers know that it is wrong to point fingers and yell. The main voice in this poem is sleepwalking. The poem asks that we wake up, all of us, and appreciate the beauty in each other, so that appreciation can perpetuate.
Dr. Micheline Maylor is Poet Laureate of Calgary, 2016-2018. Maylor attained a Ph.D. at Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, in English Language and Literature with a specialisation in Creative Writing and 20th Century Canadian Literature. She teaches creative writing at Mount Royal University in Calgary where she won the 2015 Teaching Excellence Award. Her collection Little Wildheart is with U of A Press (2017) and was short-listed for the Robert Kroetsch award for experimental poetry. She was the Calgary Public Library Author-in-Residence in the fall of 2016. She serves as poetry editor at Frontenac House Press. She is the co-founder of Freefall Literary Society and remains a consulting editor.