Wendy McGrath's poetry has been published in CV2, Prism international, NeWest Review, Tessera, Room of One's Own, Orbis, and Grain. Her verse has been broadcast on CBC Radio and her work has appeared in several anthologies. Previously she published Go Van Gogh, a chapbook of her poetry. In 1998 she received the James Patrick Folinsbee Prize from the University of Alberta's Department of English. She lives in Edmonton, AB.
Common Place Ecstasies
With sublime poetic insight, Wendy McGrath takes us on a tour of everyday objects and events that celebrates what many of us take for granted. A truck-stop diner is obliquely referenced to the subject of Vincent van Gogh’s The Night Cafe. A refracted glimpse of a typical suburban couple is transmuted into a modern-day version of a wedding portrait by Jan van Eyck. Old brown boots lined with newspapers sum up the hard life of a construction worker. Tupperware is no ordinary plastic in scattered snapshots from a single day in the life of an outwardly ordinary family.