“Lesbos / lesbos” by Annick MacAskill
Lesbos / lesbos
Mia Morgan on “Lesbos / lesbos”
In a parallel style that balances fragments and phrases, this poem deftly weaves the ancient with the contemporary. With wordplay and themes of mistranslation, the poem explores the ways queer feminine subjects resist how their experiences are written by society.
Annick MacAskill is the author of two poetry collections, No Meeting Without Body (Gaspereau Press, 2018), which was longlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and shortlisted for the JM Abraham Award, and Murmurations (Gaspereau Press, 2020). A settler of French and Scottish ancestry, she lives and writes in Kjipuktuk (Halifax) on the traditional and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq.