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Fish Bones



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Fish Bones

In Fish Bones, Gillian Sze takes a random walk through the art museum and finds the drama of life framed in a series precisely rendered and moving artefact poems. Working from Jeanette Winterson's idea of a "constant exchange of emotion" between the artist, the painting, and the writer, Sze's ekphrastic verse is unrelenting in its commitment to action, so that each poem sparked by a picture comes to follow its own impetus, the origin of which is always a deeply felt encounter, whether familial, erotic, or strange. Vacillating deftly between the suspended space-time of a museum exhibit and the charged urgency of the lives she imagines via the art she describes, the result is a collection at once stirring and arresting, tender and coolly true.


Critical Comment

QWF Jurors' Words:
"Gillian Sze's debut poetry collection dazzled me ... it demonstrates an interesting range of attention and perception. The poetry is intelligent and playful in subject matter and observation. The poems are at once pared to the bones – pun intended – and wonderfully rich and sensual. They focus on the physical – particular concrete vivid things are chosen from among the infinitude of things that vie for the writer's attention but that she wisely leaves merely implied or altogether ignored."

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Author Gillian Sze

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Author Biography

GILLIAN SZE is the author of nine poetry collections, including Peeling Rambutan (Gaspereau Press, 2014) and Redrafting Winter (BuschekBooks, 2015), both of which were finalists for the QWF A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry. Fish Bones, published by DC Books, is her debut collection. It was shortlisted for the 2009 QWF McAuslan First Book Award and longlisted for the 2010 ReLit Award. Gillian studied Creative Writing and English Literature at Concordia University and received a Ph.D. in Études anglaises from Université de Montréal. Originally from Winnipeg, she now resides in Montreal where she teaches creative writing and literature.

personal website: www.gilliansze.com

twitter account:  https://twitter.com/gilliansze

instagram account:  http://instagram.com/gilliansze

contact me: hello@gilliansze.com

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Fish Bones, Gillian Sze, 80 pp., 5 x 8, Poetry, April, 2009

ISBN: 978-1-897190-46-8 (paper) . . . $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-897190-49-2 (Bound*) . . . $31.95

* This book is “perfect bound” with an add-on
hard cover, no dust jacket.

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