Bruce Meyer, Church Grammar (2023)

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In measured lines, these thoughtful, evocative poems trace the growth of a soul. They contemplate the intersections of country roads with art and mortality. The poems are cups overflowing with wisdom and the insight that ‘every moment of my life has been / a summons to this moment here.’ (ALICE MAJOR)

This latest book of poetry by Canadian master Bruce Meyer is one of his very best in a long and successful writing career. In fact, I couldn’t shake the feeling I was reading his definitive Selected; it’s that good. In Church Grammar Meyer is operating at the height of his powers. In a manner evocative of Seamus Heaney’s Seeing Things, here is Meyer ‘decades later, / reminding me of the wonder / of seeing very old things as if anew.’


‘Lie down beside me at the flower’s level. / Do not ask it to be more than it is.’ In this gently observant collection of poems, Bruce Meyer draws out by a skilled faithfulness of description the quiet truths of memory, belief, and mortality. (RICHARD GREENE)


Church Grammar was launched on April 22, 2023, at St. Thomas’s Church, Toronto. In addition to Bruce Meyer (left), Lesley-Anne Evans (Mute Swan,2021) and Bruce Hunter (Gallestro, 2023) launched their most recent books.

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