Having lived for 13 years in a house tucked in the woods near Victoria’s Point No Point resort, Jane Southwell Munro saluted her neighbourhood, its nearby writer’s cabin and her forebears in Point No Point (M&S $17.99). The final poem “Moving to a Colder Climate” describes how her father Raymond Southwell, a builder, came to visit the new home site and died the weekend Munro moved in. Point No Point also pays tribute to Munro’s grandfather, George Southwell, who painted some controversial semi-nudes in the rotunda of the B.C. Legislature. Her title Point No Point is derived from the geographical survey of the former timberlands where she lives. Point no point is a technical term referring to a secondary point of land that is apparent, but doesn’t extend farther than two primary points on either side. “It’s a ten-minute walk—down the gravel drive with its mossy centre strip, across the highway, into a maze of trails winding through tall salal and wind-stunted alder to the beach. This is my headland. On a map, it’s a promontory that’s a point from one side, not the other. Point No Point.” There is also a “point no point” on the east coast of Canada.
A crossing of her beloved partner into the realm of Alzheimer's sparked Jane Munro's sixth collection Blue Sonoma (Brick 2014), a title drawn from T.S. Eliot but evoking the tradition of Taoist poetry.
Married to editor Robert Amussen, Munro, has her doctorate in adult education, an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English. She has taught at the University of Victoria, the University of British Columbia and Kwantlen University College. She grew up, and raised a family, in Vancouver, and has travelled in Europe and Asia. The former Sooke resident is also a member of poetry collective called Yoko’s Dogs has issued a collective volume called Whisk in 2013
CITY/TOWN: Vancouver, BC
DATE OF BIRTH: December 3, 1943
PLACE OF BIRTH: Chilliwack, BC
EMPLOYMENT OTHER THAN WRITING: Educator
Daughters (Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1982)
The Trees Just Moved Into a Season of Other Shapes (Quarry Press, 1986)
Grief Notes & Animal Dreams_(Brick Books, 1995, reprinted 2002)
Presence at a Distance: The Educator-Learner Relationship in Distance Learning (American Center for the Study of Distance Education, 1998)
Point No Point (McClelland & Stewart, 2006). 0-7710-6678-3
Blue Sonoma (Brick 2014) 978-1-926829-88-3 $20
League of Canadian Poets' National Poetry Contest, 1998.
Macmillan Prize for Creative Writing, for Daughters.
Shortlisted, for Pat Lowther Award, for Daughters.