In this jarring collection, Adam Pottle cracks open the world of disability, illuminating it with an idiom that is both unsettling and exhilarating. His subjects are gritty and multifarious: amputee sex swingers; drug-related shootings; institutionalized adolescents coerced into sterilization. Difficult as their circumstances may seem, Pottle's denizens learn to navigate the world with creative resolve, even defiance, searching for an identity that includes their disabilities rather than spites them. His poems scrape our nerves; they test and undermine poetic forms, challenging our own sensibilities in the process.
Adam Pottle was born in Kamloops, BC, in 1984, and grew up in Ashcroft, Kitimat and Prince George. His first chapbook, 'Bereft', co-won the 2008 Barry McKinnon Chapbook Prize. He currently lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where he is pursuing a doctoral degree in English literature. 'Beautiful Mutants' is his first full-length book.