Margo LaPierre's first poetry collection, Washing Off the Raccoon Eyes (Guernica Editions, 2017) walks the landscape of mental illness and addiction with a focus on the journey forward. These poems illustrate a process of returning to oneself after a long and destructive vacation.
Québec author Carole David’s latest book is replete with startling imagery of nightmarish places in memory and imagination, a journey into an annihilation of the past and the personal. It raises disturbing spectres as David’s writing navigates horrors and hazards familiar to many women.
“This Will Be Good” is an honest and emotive exploration of girlhood, the pressures of adolescence, and the attempt to find solace. But what struck me most was her framing of eating disorders within deep social and personal mechanisms.
There's a comfort in discovering the assimilation of “stitching,” Carson's weaving toward reconciliation, her inclination (perhaps) toward mending the abstract mind over memory using two genres.
Nguyen’s new collection Violet Energy Ingots is out this week from Wave Books and the act of reaching seems an apt way to describe the collection, both in terms of Nguyen’s project and what it demands of its reader.
Like her blending of genres, Warland’s play with words is a subversion of language, the power structure that imposes boundaries on her cultural and gender identity.