Marriott, Anne (1913–1997) By Maguire, Shannon
Joyce Anne Marriott was a Canadian modernist poet. Born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Marriott published seven collections of poetry and hundreds of poems in periodicals, as well as producing scripts for the National Film Board of Canada and CBC Radio. She is best known for The Wind Our Enemy (1939), a long poem written after spending several weeks with family in Saskatchewan at the height of the Great Depression. The poem combines an imagist aesthetic with social realist content, instantiating a genre that her contemporary Dorothy Livesay would later call the ‘Canadian documentary poem’. The Wind Our Enemy garnered attention by E.K. Brown in ‘The Development of Poetry in Canada 1880–1940’, published in Poetry Magazine.