“These poems speak for themselves: bold, bracing, and creating their own style and voice!”
Creature Without Building is very visceral and very captivating.
Winner of the V. Press Prize for Poetry 2021
TRIGGER WARNING: Some of the poems in this chapbook deal with traumatic experiences that readers may potentially find disturbing, including domestic abuse, bulimia, rape, racism and graphic violence.
A sample poem can be enjoyed below.
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It takes two
A whistle directed at a small boy with a clumsy red scooter
has the father’s eyes on me.
His lips snap back to the starting line.
We do not talk,
but his eyes call mine
and I think
there really is something in double takes.
In wondering if I took my time with the head like papier-mâché,
discarded the rest, dangled my fingers in…
What colour could I be today?
"I’ve read individual poems that make use of the strikethrough before, but never a collection that uses it so consistently to explore hesitation, power and permission around language."
Ramona Herdman, OPOI, Sphinx, full review here.