Any Other Woman: An Uncommon Biography

Any Other Woman: An Uncommon Biography

Any Other Woman: An Uncommon Biography (NeWest Press, 2008) In the early twentieth century, Andrew Zak proposes to Rosalia Patala in a letter. New to North America, Rosalia boards a train from New York to Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, where she marries a man she knows only through the written word. They lose their first child,…

Beatrice

Beatrice

Beatrice (Turnstone Press, 2001) Beatrice is about to have her heart ripped out. Like most small prairie towns, Beatrice, Alberta has at its way of life, its own townspeople, its own familiar quirks. At the centre of the community lies the heart of the people, their grain elevator, and the townsfolk have just been told…

The Momentum of Red

The Momentum of Red

The Momentum of Red (Raincoast Books, 2004) The Momentum of Red tells the gripping and unusual story of the fierce loyalty and selfless love that can exist between father and daughter. Randy, a truck driver in his fifties, raises his daughter Mar after his wife dies in childbirth. As his beloved Mary grows up, he…

Actualities

Actualities

Actualities (Gaspereau Press, 2007) Gathered from its authors wide-ranging experience, Monica Kidd’s debut collection includes local legends and personalities, imagined scenarios based on found photographs, lamentations and confessions of love, lyrical studies of medical anomalies, and landscape portraits. Kidd’s deft imagery and songlike stride render her subjects in striking, familiar gestures that bring the reader…

Handfuls of Bone

Handfuls of Bone

Handfuls of Bone (Gaspereau Press, 2012) Monica Kidd’s Handfuls of Bone takes the reader to the end of the road and back, to outports both literal and figurative, to consider how it is that things somehow hold together. The poems, primarily short, narrative in form and lyric in spirit, are driven by distilled observation and…

The Year of Our Beautiful Exile

The Year of Our Beautiful Exile

The Year of Our Beautiful Exile (Gaspereau Press, 2015) In The Year of Our Beautiful Exile, Monica Kidd observes the ways in which estrangement and loss punctuate our days, but need not always diminish them. Whether she is writing of the bicentenary of Charles Darwin’s birth, the displacement of whole communities during the epic flooding…

Chance Encounters with Wild Animals

Chance Encounters with Wild Animals

Chance Encounters with Wild Animals (Gaspereau Press, 2019) Shortlisted for the 2020 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry Having worked in a range of investigative fields—including journalism, biology and medicine—Monica Kidd is habitually inquisitive and observant, and her poetry employs this exacting eye to map each new terrain she encounters. While the vantage points, locales…