chapbook by Margo Button
Dahlias" was the co-winner of the 2005 Malahat Long Poem contest
and the winner for poetry (The Malahat Review) in the 29th
Annual Magazine Awards.
big bruiser orders me to move my car
parked in front of his house. Says he’s a cop.
So? I’m a poet. A raging granny too.
It beats depression or medication.
Button is a retired French and Spanish teacher who has taught high
school in Hong Kong, Chile, Lebanon and Canada. Her first book, The
Unhinging of Wings (Oolichan Books), is the story of the death
of her son, Randall, who suffered from schizophrenia. It won the B.C.
Book Prize for poetry in 1996 and was short-listed for the Gerald
Lampert prize the same year. It was later made into a stage production
by Welcome Wood Productions in Kingston, Ontario. Her other books
include The Shadows Fall Behind and The Elders’
Palace (in English and Inuinnaqtun). Margo has won several awards
including the Confederation Prize (Arc), the Petra Kenny award, and
the Long Poem Award (The Malahat Review). She resides in Victoria,
B.C. and Nelson, New Zealand.