Another End of the Road


72 pages
ISBN 0-9685257-0-9
DDC C811'.54





Reviewed by Olga Costopoulos

Olga Costopoulos teaches English at the University of Alberta.


Those of us familiar with Mary T. McDonald’s poems are delighted to
see a collection in print. It was long overdue. The poems here are
honest, unpretentious, and very carefully worked. Most are reminiscences
of a Depression-era child, spent as an inmate of too many rural
teacherages. They evoke the whole period, from dippers in water pails to
the stark, drought-scorched prairies. But they do so without any trace
of sentimentality. The poet has an unerring eye for the telling detail
that illuminates a whole scene or reveals a character in sharp relief.
One feels a close acquaintance, if not kinship, with the speaker’s
Aunt Ellen, an indomitable old-style lady who wears a woollen bathing
suit and sews for the local burghers’ wives. The individual experience
is universalized in these finely wrought poems, which transcend their
time and place.


McDonald, Mary T., “Another End of the Road,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 16, 2024,