Madeline Bassnett is the author of two chapbooks: Elegies (Frog Hollow, 2011) and Pilgrimage (Baseline, 2016). Her poems have appeared in journals such as Grain, The New Quarterly, Riddle Fence, The Fiddlehead, and The Malahat Review. She teaches English and Creative Writing at Western University.
“Bassnett’s most significant accomplishment in this collection is her technical mastery of the interplay between syntax, line, and stanza. …[H]er sentences both weave across line breaks and stretch over stanza breaks to create complex patterns of tension and resolution. …[I]t’s like watching a close tennis match, though one with perhaps more at stake. …Elegies is characterized by a technical virtuosity that allows the poems to carry the reverberations of loss that echo through a person’s quotidian existence. They alert us to the unexpected resonances that crop up in the wake of a loved one’s passing.” —Sue Sinclair, The Fiddlehead
Bassnett was the featured reader at the London Open Mic Poetry Night on October 7th, 2015. Visit the London Open Mic Poetry website to read an interview with Bassnett and three of her poems from Elegies. (Credit for Bassnett’s author photo, below, goes to Debra Franke.)
Shaw’s PRISM Poetry Contest-winning “The Flood of ’37” (pictured above) appears in PRISM 54:4.