Winner of the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize
A stunning debut book of poems from a bold new voice unafraid to engage with the exigencies of our contemporary world.
In Liz Howard s wild, scintillating debut, the mechanisms we use to make sense of our worlds even our direct intimate experiences of it come under constant scrutiny and a pressure that feels like love. What Howard can accomplish with language strikes us as electric, a kind of alchemy of perception and catastrophe, fidelity and apocalypse. The waters of Northern Ontario shield country are the toxic origin and an image of potential. A subject, a woman, a consumer, a polluter; an erotic force, a confused brilliance, a very necessary form of urgency all are loosely tethered together and made somehow to resonate with our own devotions and fears; made to be small and dreaming parallel / to ceremony and decay. Liz Howard is what contemporary poetry needs right now."
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