The poems in Ragtime for Beginners explore questions of perspective and memory. They consider the difference between something and the image of that thing; they attempt to distinguish a pomegranate, for example, from a picture of a pomegranate. The poems examine the spaces that not only separate people, but also that divide the self. They look at what breaks up a husband and wife married twenty-five years, and conversely, what brings together a woman and the Jehovah’s Witness at her door; and they explore the seismic shifts of the self, how we assemble and disassemble our own lives.
Ragtime for Beginners
Moberley Luger grew up in Vancouver, BC, and has also lived in London, New York and Montreal. She is now back in Vancouver, completing her PhD in English at the University of British Columbia. Her poetry has been published in several Canadian journals, including The Malahat Review, Grain, Prairie FireThe New Quarterly. Other writing has appeared in Flatiron and Maisonneuve magazines and in ads for Lufthansa Airlines.