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It Is Solved By Walking

It Is Solved By Walking

By Catherine Banks
Subjects: Award Winners, Women Writers, Atlantic Playwrights, Nova Scotia, Death, Grief, & Loss
Casting: 1 f, 1 m
Duration: 90 minutes
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9781770910447, 96 pages, April 2012
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781770910461, 96 pages, April 2012
Ebook (PDF) : 9781770910454, 96 pages, April 2012


  • Winner, Governor General's Literary Award 2012


When Margaret learns of the death of her former husband, she recalls their earliest days together as Ph.D. candidates, beginning a journey through her past. Told through the sensations of Wallace Stevens's poem "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird," the subject of her uncompleted thesis, Margaret evokes beautiful, ordinary and painful sexual memories from before, after and during their marriage. Stevens, a guiding voice in her head for twenty-five years, cajoles Margaret into unearthing the reasons she never became the poet, scholar, wife or mother she thought she would be. Bold and poetic, It is Solved by Walking is an intimate portrait of a writer making her way back to poetry one step at a time.


"A beautifully written and bountiful play."

- Bob Clark, The Calgary Herald