This fresh and visceral debut explores themes of trauma and recovery, everyday violence, and queerness from a personal point of view as well as a wider political context. These poems are interested in the resilience of bodies and sexualities, often grounded in an earthy humour. The style shifts from lyric to deeply personal narrative to fantastical: an old woman plants broken light bulbs and harvests dark flowers, two sisters grow feathers in a nest in the backyard maple, a mother turns into a deer and escapes the unspeakable through a kitchen window. These are poems of disruption, discovery, and witness—balancing brutal honesty with a welcoming intensity. They want you to come close.
Forthcoming from Dagger Editions in fall of 2019. Preorder available soon.