Covenant of Salt, Robin McGrath’s second book of poetry, comes out of the Newfoundland oral tradition. These lyrical narratives bring the voice of the poet to life on the page, tilting and bending the language into surprising and often ironic shapes that have as much to do with the bardic tradition as with modern poetics. Whether singing the praises of the hills of St. John’s or intoning the catechism of chickens, McGrath reaches back into her Newfoundland roots to find the words that speak directly to the ear, the eye, and the heart.
Covenant of Salt
Robin McGrath is the author or editor of fifteen books, including Trouble and Desire (1995), Escaped Domestics (1998), Hoist Your Sails and Run (1999), Donovan's Station (2002), Covenant of Salt (2005), and Livyers World(2007). She has published over two hundred pieces in magazines such as Beaver, Inuit Art Quarterly, Parchment, TickleAce, Fiddlehead and Room of One's Own.
She is an occasional contributer to CBC Radio, has written and narrated three video scripts, had her first play staged in 2002, and is currently the non-fiction columnist for the St. John's newspaper The Telegram.
Robin was born in Newfoundland and lives in Labrador with her husband, provincial court judge, John Joy. She is a member of The Writers Union of Canada and the Letterset Association of Newfoundland and Labrador.