Canadian

Sit How You Want

Pain and trauma turn to strength and energy in Robin Richardson's collection of poetry.

Robin Richardson

Power and sex take centre stage in Robin Richardson's formidable third collection, Sit How You Want. Plane crashes and automobile mishaps are the backdrop for female narrators who grapple with terror, anxiety and powerlessness. In their grim wit, sinister straight talk and sometimes violent bawdiness, Richardson's poems work as counter-charms against the lingering trauma of abusive relationships, both familial and romantic. The book embodies a belief in poetry as an instrument of change, a tool for transforming pain into exuberant verbal energy. (From Véhicule Press)