April 2006
ISBN 0-9780536-0-5
5.5 by 8.25 Hand-sewn chapbook
Sky blue endpapers 28 pp

$10.00 CAN
Includes taxes and shipping


Cover image "Blue Dahlia"
Photo © 2006 John Spates

Blue Dahlias

a chapbook by Margo Button

"Blue 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.

The 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.

Margo 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.

Ron Button Photo

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