Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes, the new collection of poetry from Giller Prize–longlisted writer Jennifer LoveGrove, attempts to make sense of a difficult and unsettling world, where one need not look much further than their own communities to witness acts of trauma and absurdity.
Here, we're haunted by the ghosts of alienation, trauma, delusion, and fear that the past decade has instilled in us, and bear witness to moments of extreme crisis—in emotional breakdowns, the failures of the mental health system, the lack of support for the most vulnerable members of society, and the impact of psychosis not only on the ill but on those orbiting them.
With inventive and startling imagery and logic, we're led on an odyssey through the terrain of startling dreamscapes, where a whole host of personas, both tame and wild—from humans, to foxes, moose, deer and crows, slugs, fish, beetles, mosquitos, earthworms, and more—give voice to the things we can't express in our daily lives.
Praise for Watch How We Walk:
"Watch How We Walk is a thoughtful, well-crafted and impressive debut." —The Globe and Mail
"Blisteringly gorgeous prose." —Publishers Weekly
"Sometimes a book is so clear, so well-constructed, that i'’s impossible to look away, even when looking away might be better for you. Jennifer LoveGrov's Watch How We Walk is, for the most part, this kind of hard." —National Post