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Spring preview 2015: short fiction & poetry


Writer and performance artist Amber Dawn follows her debut novel, Sub Rosa, with a collection of glosas that converse with queer poets past and present. Where the world ends and my body begins (Arsenal Pulp Press) includes glosses on the work of Stein, Rosetti, and Rich, among other, more contemporary voices.

Priscila Uppal has a busy spring lined up, with a new collection of stories and a new book of poetry. Sabotage (Mansfield Press) explores destruction and harm brought to bear on structures, the human body, and cultural edifices.

Poet and critic Zachariah Wells tugs at formal constraints in his new collection, Sum (Biblioasis), which shuttles between different guises, moods, and influences.

Halifax resident (and former Q&Q intern) Shannon Webb-Campbell explores the nature of identity – one’s own and that of others – in her debut collection, Still No Word (Breakwater Books).

Damian Rogers, poetry editor at House of Anansi Press, returns with her own sophomore collection, which includes variations on formal constructions and poems that abandon formalism altogether. Dear Leader (Coach House) takes up themes of power, paranoia, and perversity.

The legendary Austin Clarke returns with In Your Crib (Guernica Editions), a lyrical examination of the relationship between an aging veteran of the Civil Rights movement and a restless youth in thrall of the gangsta lifestyle.

David McGimpsey sets out to write a book that is classy and upstanding, dealing with enduring themes like nature and history. He fails miserably. Asbestos Heights (Coach House) does, however, manage to find poetic value in the word “bootylicious.”

Q&Q’s spring preview covers books published between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2015 • All information (titles, prices, publication dates, etc.) was supplied by publishers and may have been tentative at Q&Q’s press time • Titles that have been listed in previous previews do not appear here