Hesitating Once to Feel Glory (Poetry)
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Hesitating Once to Feel Glory, Nightwood, 2022
Maleea Acker’s third collection of poems “embodies the art of looking… The poems…are tender, dense with longing…alert to potential grief… ” (Teresa Kishkan, BC Review, October, 2022).
“Acker summons a sad, mysterious music, the self talking to the self as though after the end of the world. A book of mesmerizing lamentations, at once precise and surreal.”
Any day now I shall be released to the Bangladesh runway,
Its burnt out plane a little hulk from a different dimension,
a researcher of longing, no one selling Heineken
from a cooler in its unlit aisles, no one with a line to God.
Air-Proof Green (Poetry)
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Air-Proof Green, Pedlar Press, 2013
“Poems in Maleea Acker’s second collection range over continents and countries, asking an essential question for our time: How do we live in the world? The poems seek always to approach that threshold between human and natural worlds, attending to what can be seen and sensed with a fine ear and eye. We meet one another at the threshold, through a “splice of intimacy,” displaced, the poet says, finding temporary homes and intimacies with one another and with all living things.”
Gardens Aflame: Garry Oak Meadows of BC’s South Coast (Non-Fiction)
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Gardens Aflame: Garry Oak Meadows on BC’s South Coast. New Star Books, 2012.
Browse the Gardens Aflame pages, including photos, media, links and miscellany.
“Acker’s wonderful little book is both a lyrical examination of this contested landscape and an ethical parable about how we should learn to live with the world as well as in it.” – Stephen Hume, “Books about BC make unique gifts,” Vancouver Sun, Dec. 14, 2012.
“Acker tells the story of her relationship with the Garry Oak Meadow and in doing so has shown how we all are a part of nature and how each of us is enriched by our relationship with it. She tells of what we have lost and she tells of the joys and challenges in nature restoration. A fascinating book.” – Bill Turner, Founder, The Nature Conservancy of BC
The Reflecting Pool (Poetry)
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The Reflecting Pool. Pedlar Press, 2009.
Read an interview with Rob McLennan on the book.
“Reading Maleea Acker’s first collection, The Relecting Pool, packaged in a beautiful, textured volume, is a dreamy journey into image and metaphor: we follow a saturated path, where “[c]rickets trill, stars perambulate, valley falls into itself,” past cobwebs and birds, a church at noon, to where “ferns, moss, a bundle / of roots inched themselves into the built through a lens.” – The Malahat Review 172