Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent

Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent

Authors: Howard, Liz

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

ISBN: 9780771038372

Classification: Fiction

Synopsis: 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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