Nothing Will Save Your Life
Nancy Jo Cullen
Nothing Will Save Your Life is an explosion of pop culture, femininity, sex, religion and motherhood held together with humour and lightened with fragments of joy. In this book Nancy Jo Cullen has created a collection that is deeply rooted in the messy day-to-day of life but takes on serious issues such as body image, aging, climate change, capitalism and even death – containing it all within traditional poetic forms. From kitten videos to confirmation bias to cucumber diets to vintage Vivienne Westwood, these poems are a whirlwind of constrained energy.
Sometimes neurotic, sometimes bawdy, sometimes tender — they are always irresistible to the reader, drawing us deep into Cullen's world where she pulls apart society to show us just what it is to be alive in this moment. (From Wolsak & Wynn)
Nancy Jo Cullen is a poet and writer. She is the author of three critically acclaimed books of poetry. Her short story collection, Canary, was winner of 2012 Metcalf-Rooke Award. In 2010, Cullen won the Dayne Ogilvie Prize, which recognizes emerging LGBTQ writers. She lives in Kingston, Ont.