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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (April 14 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771038364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771038365
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 0.8 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 118 g
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Globe and Mail 100 — 2015

“In these gorgeously heretical poems, Liz Howard sculpts a vocabulary that is co-extensive with the tenacious landscape of the North and the deeply resistant jurisdiction of a female natural history. Shot through too with urban furor, forest, dioxin, tern, and sulphur are syllabic elements in a passionate argument for pleasure, where pleasure is one name for a principled refusal of the colonizing machinations of the current regime. Not afraid to draw limits that are both sonic and ethical, robust and delicate, Howard listens closely to the bodies of this thinking earth.”
– Lisa Robertson, author of Cinema of the Present

About the Author

Liz Howard’s first book of poems, Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent, won the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize, the first time a debut collection has won the award. The book was also a finalist for the 2015 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. Born and raised in northern Ontario, Howard received an Honours Bachelor of Science with High Distinction from the University of Toronto. Her poetry has appeared in Canadian literary journals such as The Capilano Review, The Puritan, and Matrix Magazine. Her chapbook Skullambient was a finalist for the 2012 bpNichol Chapbook Award. She recently completed an MFA in Creative Writing through the University of Guelph and works as a research officer in cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto.

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HASH(0xa5f3dad4) out of 5 stars A striking collection of poems July 6 2016
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Liz Howard’s Griffin Prize award for “Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent” was something was something of a surprise. This was her first published collection of poems, and her background and university training are not literary – she’s a research officer in cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto. She has previously published a chapbook, “Skullambient” (the poems of “Skullambient” are included in “Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent”), and her poetry has appeared in such Canadian literary journals such as The Capilano Review, The Puritan, and Matrix Magazine.

The poems in the collection are related and often loop with the same title. She combines nature, time, science, and elements of Canadian native religion into on striking collection of poems. This poem is from the first section in the collection, entitled “Hyperboreal.”

A Wake

Your eyes open the night’s slow static at a loss
to explain this place you’ve returned to from above;
cedar along a broken shore, twisting in a wake of fog.

I’ve lived in rooms with others, of no place and no mind
trying to bind a self inside the contagion of words while
your eyes open the night’s slow static. At a loss

to understand all that I cannot say, as if you came
upon the infinite simply by thinking and it was
a shore of broken cedar twisting in a wake of fog.

If I moan from an animal throat it is in hope you
will return to me what I lost learning to speak.
Your eyes open the night’s slow static at a loss

to ever know the true terminus of doubt, the limits of skin.
As long as you hold me I am doubled from without and within:
a wake of fog unbroken, a shore of twisted cedar.

I will press myself into potential, into your breath,
and maybe what was lost will return in sleep once I see
your eyes open into night’s slow static, at a loss.
Broken on a shore of cedar. We twist in a wake of fog.

Born and raised in Canada, Howard received her Honours Bachelor of Science with High Distinction from the University of Toronto. She recently received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Guelph.

The Griffin Prize has established itself as one of the world’s most prestigious (and financially rewarding) prizes in poetry, and the recognition of collections like Howard’s enhances the prize’s reputation.

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