Iceland is Melting and So Are You

A poetry collection by Talya Rubin.

Talya Rubin

Amidst the phenomenon of our changing planet, another exists closer to home: how the urgency of the climate emergency affects our ability to be human; to comprehend and to feel.

The latest collection from award-winning poet Talya Rubin explores the melting of ice sheets and the thawing of the heart. It offers recognition of, and salve for, the vast mysteries of our natural world, our human interior, and the relationship between the two.

Rubin interweaves explorations of the range of the human condition amidst depictions of nature. She shares moments of childhood ice skating and poems for unrequited love alongside glacial melts, geological formations, weather patterns. And there are moments where human and wild meet in minute everyday encounters: noticing spores outside a cabin; fathoming the weather while listening to news reports on the radio. Underlying the collection is a mild sense of absurdity, one that mirrors our existential absurdity of continuing on in the face of what feels like impossibility.

 Iceland is Melting and So Are You, asks us what we have kept frozen and unexamined within us and—in doing so—recognizes the complex grief and wonder we face in considering the end of the human epoch. (From Book*Hug Press)

Iceland is Melting and So Are You is available in October 2021.

Talya Rubin is a writer and performance maker from Montreal. Her poetry has won the Bronwen Wallace Award for emerging writers and has been shortlisted for the Montreal International Poetry Prize and the Winston Collins/Descant Prize for best Canadian poem. Her work has been published in Ascent, Matrix, Hazlitt, Maclean's and Grain.

Rubin made the 2019 CBC Poetry Prize longlist for Iceland is Melting and So Are You

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