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Murmurations is a joy to read and hear!”
-Atlantic Books Today (Dr. Afua Cooper)


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.”

No Meeting Without Body

Nominated for the League of Canadian Poets Gerald Lampert Memorial Award (2019)

Shortlisted for the J.M. Abraham Poetry Award (Atlantic Book Awards) 

knifeforkbook 2018 pick

From the publisher’s website:

The poems in Annick MacAskill’s debut collection No Meeting Without Body are confident and crisp. Departing from works of art and literature, historical figures, myth, and anecdote, her poems draw the reader into their subjects with unaffected frankness and intimacy, answering society’s most reductive forces with a resistance rooted in the dignity of human connection.

From the J.M. Abraham Poetry Award jury citation: 

There is a measured, lyrical precision and maturity—a kind of finely honed, knowing patience—on display in Annick MacAskill’s No Meeting Without Body that belies its status as a first book. Line after line, as they play off of, into, and around other works of literature and art, as they engage in sometimes pointed, sometimes casual conversation with figures both personal and historical, these poems and their metaphorical intersections are “a social equation in trousers / snuffing out the loneliness” and confidently—painstakingly—sketch out and then piece together a kind of bespoke map or travel guide, a folio for the uneasy navigation of what it might mean to attempt connection and explore resistance all at once in our current context’s enjambment, the poet all too aware the whole endeavour might be “an argument I couldn’t win” but still holding out a stubborn, uneasy hope as they make their way through our complicated, shared city that still “shimmers in the morning / even when it’s grey.”