Poetry by Margaret
Road Maps is an anthology of poetry and short prose essays written over a number of years. The subject matter is the road to self-awareness and self-acceptance, and the poems and essays are the road maps. The subjects of the poems are drawn from the author’s wide interests, including her home in Prince Edward Island, the time she spent in the United States and her interest in the spiritual.
Pathways is a new collection of the most recent poetry by Margaret A. Westlie. Like Road Maps, her previous book of poetry, Pathways includes pithy observations and quirky points of view. It is also an exploration of self, with poems addressing childlessness, approaching old age and the isolation that can arise from a Canadian winter. In some ways, the most satisfying read is a selection of poems with the title, “Don’t Make Me Mad,” which vent annoyance and pinpoint the heart of the matter. No names are mentioned—but don’t dare claim them! Direct and probing yet fun-filled, the poems of Pathways will have you reading and rereading them.