Mapping the Soul

Mapping the Soul

The Muses' Company,
Winnipeg, 1998
182 pages

The poetry of Stephen Morrissey belongs to the vibrant tradition of Canadian poetry that has evolved through the generations of English-speaking poets in Quebec. Morrissey's concern isn't merely to chronicle but rather to explore and define his own personal experience so that it becomes transmuted into archetype, meaning, spiritual vision, and soul. Mapping the Soul: Selected Poems 1978-1998 draws on six previously published books, plus new, unpublished material.

Critical praise for Mapping the Soul

Stephen Morrissey is a poet who writes of community and continuity. He explores the spiritual dimension of familial relationships. Morrissey's evocative language draws the reader into a vivid personal world which is both private and universal.
—Marya Fiamengo, Emeritus Professor, University of British Columbia

Morrissey tells us things we want to know about life, his life and ours. He does not get in the way of the reader thoroughly enjoying his poetry.
—Ralph Maud, Emeritus Professor, Simon Fraser University

At a time when many of his contemporaries are immersing themselves in global events and diluting their art with politics, Morrissey's inward-looking voice is immediately engaging and intensely personal. Mapping the Soul is a significant volume by a major Canadian poet. It is also a book that any reader of contemporary poetry will find rewarding and satisfying.
—Ian Colford, Dalhousie University (The Dalhousie Review, 78/2, 1998, Halifax, Nova Scotia)