Taking off from the Promethean myth of human creation, Gillian Sze’s second poetry collection explores the “anatomy of clay” and the individual as a sentient mystery. At times reflective, instructional, playful, or strange, the first section, Quotidianus, offers observational poems, which recount intimate and ordinary moments often missed, overlooked, or forgotten. Sze tugs at the fabric of habit and amidst the urban mundane finds her subjects in a woman waiting for the bus, a neighbour who talks to his plants, a girl smoking after a storm. The following section, Extimacy, takes a lyrical and confessional turn, veering inwards, dealing reflexively with the materiality of inner life: the self as ingredients, the self as experiment, the self as animal and artist. The Anatomy of Clay finds exceptions in the most prosaic conditions and the ineffable distinctions between people, selves, objects, and histories.
Gillian Sze was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her debut poetry collection, Fish Bones (DC Books, 2009), was shortlisted for the Quebec Writers’ Federation McAuslan First Book Prize and her work has appeared in a number of national and international journals. She has a Master’s degree in creative writing from Concordia University and resides in Montreal, Quebec.
Published: April 2011
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 in.