Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent
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. (From McClelland & Stewart)
Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent won the Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize in 2016.
NEURAL CASCADE: A CHANDELIER OF FOREST BONES
Maybe I do know you
extensive avenue of faux moss
vault of photochemicals upended
on the civic leash
mesh of resin
of skulls suspended
a jawline fracture throttling canticles in cedar
doubtful oxides sweating it out
in the pineal apartment
of our common water
From Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent by Liz Howard ©2015. Published by McClelland & Stewart.