Sonnet L’Abbe is another favourite around here. And the poems from her new book, Sonnet’s Shakespeare, are marvelous. Please buy and distribute widely. Here she gets the Beattie profile treatment in the Quill.
Compiled over the course of five painstaking years, the poems in Sonnet’s Shakespeare cover a broad range of themes and subjects: environmentalism, Canada’s fraught colonial history, feminism, the illusions of multiculturalism, the deaths of David Bowie and Prince. But on a metaphorical level, the entire project questions Shakespeare’s traditional centrality in the Western canon, interrogating the extent to which other, more marginalized voices have been silenced to carve out space for a dead white male voice that is frequently deemed universal.