MALLINSON, Jean




Author Tags: Fiction

Born in Vancouver, Jean Mallinson was raised in the Similkameen Valley, B.C. and attended university at UBC, the University of Toronto, and SFU. Her short stories in I Will Bring You Berries (Caitlin 1987) reflect a young woman's coming-of-age during the 1940s in a small B.C. interior town. Mallinson herself grew up in the Okanagan and raised a family in West Vancouver. She writes literary criticism and book reviews. Her collection of poems is Between Cup & Lip (Montreal: Morgaine House, 2003) and her work appeared in a 1998 anthology of four poets. Terra Infirma: A Life Unbalanced (Windshift Press, 2007) provides a personal account of the author's experience with a toxic reaction to the antibiotic Gentamicin, which destroyed the hair follicles in her inner ear, eliminating her body's equilibrium.

DATE OF BIRTH: June 13, 1926

PLACE OF BIRTH: Vancouver

ANCESTRAL BACKGROUND: Icelandic

EMPLOYMENT OTHER THAN WRITING: Retired college teacher of English

BOOKS:

Terra Infirma: A Life Unbalanced (Windshift Press, 2007)

Between Cup & Lip (Morgaine House, 2003) (poems) ISBN 0-9732787-0-6

Quintet: Themes & Variations (Ekstasis, 1998) (a collection of poems by four authors. ISBN 1-896860-25-27 Co-author.

I Will Bring You Berries (Caitlin Press, 1987) (short stories) ISBN 0-920576-16-8

[BCBW 2007] "Fiction"

Divorce
Poem



I thought I had performed
all the rites, exorcisms: I threw
my wedding ring into the sea, burnt
my bridal rose, shredded the poem
you enclosed, went through
the books you gave me and erased
your signature from the flyleaf, said
your name backwards, walking
three times round our double-bed

Then why do you, familiar, revenant,
keep recurring, broken record, needle
in the grooves of my coiled
brain? Shall I smash
all the mirrors that reflected
your face, slash all the dresses
I wore for you, rename our children
dye my hair black? When will it
be finished? When, in dreams, will
you stop coming back?

By Jean Mallinson
Between Cup & Lip (Morgaine House $15.95) 0-9732787-0-6


Terra Infirma: A Life Unbalanced
Article



Anna Jean Mallinson's Terra Infirma: A Life Unbalanced (Windshift Press $17.95) provides a personal account of the author's experience with a toxic reaction to the antibiotic Gentamicin, which destroyed the hair follicles in her inner ear, eliminating her body's equilibrium. Mallinson lives in West Vancouver and contributes essays to the Vocabula Review.

0-9736560-2-6

[BCBW 2008]