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Poetry Women Authors

Ambient Technology

by (author) Ashley Obscura

Metatron Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2018
Women Authors, Love, Canadian, Caribbean & Latin American
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In this passionate sophomore collection of poetry, Ashley Obscura’s poetry explores the function of connection in a post-digital age and how one situates the self and creates meaning within the unions and chasms of our physical, virtual and spiritual selves. Ambient Technology occupies a space that bridges that gap between our visible and invisible worlds, between sentiment and emoji, between the opening and closing of heart matter. With great lust and desire, Obscura unearths something indestructible within ourselves, and lands amongst new tones of being and belonging in the sparkly lining of a too-real world.

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Contributor Notes

Ashley Obscura is a Canadian-Mexican writer, publisher and editor. She is the author of the poetry collections Ambient Technology and I Am Here (Metatron, 2014) and several digital poetry projects, including Museum of Symmetry (National Film Board, 2018). An earlier version of Ambient Technology was shortlisted for Fence’s Modern Poets Prize in 2017 and Obscura was anthologized as one of Canada’s 30 Under 30 poets (With/Words Press, 2017). Her poetry has been anthologized in the United States and translated and published in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Peru and Romania. The founder and managing editor of Metatron Press, Obscura currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Editorial Reviews

THE PURITAN MAGAZINE | "There’s an ardency and honesty to these poems that reminds me of Pablo Neruda’s 100 Love Sonnets. It’s not a kind of poetics that’s taken seriously in Canada right now, but I think that’s a shame. There’s a trend in Canadian poetry to envelope emotions in extended metaphors until you wouldn’t recognize it anymore, a trend to which Obscura offers an alternative."


MAGAZINE SPIRALE | "Ashley Obscura manages to enrapture the spiritual quest and psychedelic sensuality in a realistic Montreal rooted in contemporary times... (O)ne of the best poets in Quebec today."


SAVOIR CARE | "Ambient Technology is a book of moods, a book of ways, a book about waves. Obscura does not obscure her anguish or loss. If anything, you'll find you feel like she's talking just to you. Having a body is a scam. I felt that. But renewal awaits. This collection evokes the power of cookies from Subway, the secret lives of plants, and love above all else."


THE MICHIGAN REVIEW | "(Obscura's) work is largely about love, both the macro and micro of its manifestation, and what it means to be heartbroken by this world."


THE MONTREAL REVIEW OF BOOKS | "...the energy of this book will sate fans of the supercharged, super-contemporary confessional."