Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent

Liz Howard explores environmental, social and personal challenges through the lens of her Northern Ontario childhood in this collection of poetry.

Liz Howard

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.

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From the book


Maybe I do know you

extensive avenue of faux moss
vault of photochemicals upended
on the civic leash
mesh of resin
a conduit
of skulls suspended
by reason

a jawline fracture throttling canticles in cedar

doubtful oxides sweating it out
in the pineal apartment
of our common water
this forehead
a portent

From Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent by Liz Howard ©2015. Published by McClelland & Stewart.

Author interviews

This year on q, we're highlighting some of the poets shortlisted for a Griffin Poetry Prize. Today: Liz Howard.