Cook’s voice is gentle, reverent, astonished by love’s fragility and enraptured by its persistence.
George Elliot Clarke, Governor General’s Award-winning poet, reviewing Untying the Tongue for Sunday Herald (Halifax).
What Cook delivers constantly is a muted, open-eyed respect for both the living as they carry on and the dead as they lived.
…Tony Cosier, poet, playwright and fiction writer, teacher at Confederation High School, Ottawa
Untying the Tongue begins as a “diary of dreams ” … dreams of displaced settlers whose “present remains ” are etched in place: botany, stone-walled wells; memorials. This tribute to blood and consciousness evolves as landscape-portraiture … views of the universe assembling itself in the miracle of everyday objects and characters as familiar as family