Anne Michaels, of Jewish heritage, is most recognized for her critically acclaimed Holocaust novel, Fugitive Pieces, the subject of substantial scholarship. Less is written about her latest works of poetry and lyric prose, Correspondences: A Poem and Portraits (2013), All We Saw (2017), and Infinite Gradation (2017). Returning to themes of time, death, the sanctity of life, and love that animate and vitalize her literary corpus, she gathers intellectual, scientific, artistic, and moral influences, drawing – and drawing upon – a lineage, not genetic, but of consciousness. Just as memory honours lineage, the lives and works of others inform one’s being in the world as descendant. As Michaels’s work attests, memory and consciousness are of the body. And, while, in her view, “not religious,” the body is not only the site of a pragmatic faith – the will to carry on from loss, but the body is a limit and threshold – and threshold opens the gates of the mysteries beyond.
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Getz, Joshua. 2011. “Infinite Responsibility for the Other in Emmanuel Levinas and Anne Michaels’ Fugitive Pieces.” At the Interface / Probing the Boundaries 77: 135–154. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789401206877_008
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Michaels, Anne. 1996a. Fugitive Pieces: A Novel. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart.
______. 1996b. “Michaels Risks Her Faith.” Interviewed by Charlie Cho. The Ubyssey (8 November): 4. https://open.library.ubc.ca/viewer/ubysseynews/1.0128661#p3z-5r0f:Anne%20Michaels
______. 1999. “Frozen Acrobatics of Memory: Branko Gorjup Speaks with Anne Michaels.” Interviewed by Branko Gorjup. Books in Canada 28(7). http://booksincanada.com/article_view.asp?id=1250
______. 2009. “Anne Michaels, Fugitive Author.” Interviewed by Sarah Crown. The Guardian Interview/Books. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2009/may/02/interview-Anne-michaels
______. 2013.Correspondences. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart.
______. 2015. “Ask Aloud” Ploughshares 41(1): 138. https://doi.org/10.1353/plo.2015.0084
______. “Sea of Lanterns”: https://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/pdf/newspdfs/67.pdf
______. 2017a. All We Saw. Toronto: McClellan and Stewart.
______. 2017b. Infinite Gradation. London: House Sparrow.
______. 2017c. “This Too Shall Pass: Poetry of Grief and Love” Interviewed by Bidisha: https://unbound.com/boundless/2017/12/27/this-too-shall-pass-the-poetry-of-grief-and-love-anne-michaels-interview/
______. 2020. “Mortal Soul Mortal Soul: What Happens When Private Grief Becomes Common Experience” Lapham’s Quarterly. Winter: https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/memory/mortal-soul-moral-soul
Michaels, Anne, John Berger, and Tereza Stehlikova. 2011. Vanishing Points / Railtracks. London: Go Together. http://www.annemichaels.ca/vanishing-points-railtracks
Muratori, Fred. 2017. “Review of All We Saw.” Library Journal 142(18): 83. https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=asn&AN=125998983&site=hos t-live&scope=site
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