Bruce Rice imagines self-taught photographer Vivian Maier as a documentarian who is compassionate, abrasive, and meditative, while her subjects provide their own narrative. More than anything, the poems are a response to her work, which is all we have that comes directly from her. It is a deliberate challenge to the “mystery nanny” she was reduced to in much of the constructed narrative of her life. Written by a masterful poet at the height of his powers.
Bruce Rice is the Saskatchewan Poet Laureate, an essayist and editor. He has received the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry and two Saskatchewan Book Awards including the Poetry Award for The Trouble With Beauty (Coteau) and a Book of the Year nomination for Life in the Canopy (Radiant Press). The Vivian Poems are his sixth book of poems for adults. He has also published a children’s book. The CAA judges said that he “portrays life’s hardships with an elegance and simplicity of language which is stunning.” Often inspired by art, Bruce writes about individual lives, community and how we are transformed by landscape, even as we leave our footprints on it. Bruce lives in Regina, Saskatchewan on Treaty 4 Territory and the homeland of the Métis.