While Michael Meagher’s poems depict the everyday world of the manual labourer—the grunt work of landscaping, roofing and pest control—their true subject is the inner life of the observer. Written in language that’s open and direct, Meagher’s poems connect the disparate people and occurrences of his days into a web of relationships held together by curiosity, persistence and love.
Michael Meagher was born and raised in Ottawa, then spent most of his twenties landscaping, roofing, and manual labouring in British Columbia and Nova Scotia. In 2015, he received a Master's in Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick, where one of his stories won the David H. Walker Prize. His writing has appeared in The Antigonish Review, Canadian Literature, CV2, The Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review, PRISM international, Queen's Quarterly, and The Journey Prize Stories 29. His poetry book, Seven-to-Five, just came out with Gaspereau Press. For the last six years, he was living in Rhode Island, teaching at Nichols College in Massachusetts and raising two kids. He moved back to Halifax a few months ago, where he continues to teach online.