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How Festive the Ambulance

by Kim Fu

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list price: $18.95
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category: Poetry
published: May 2016
ISBN:9780889713215
publisher: Nightwood Editions
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In this debut poetry collection by award-winning author Kim Fu, incantations, mythical creatures and extreme violence illuminate small scenes of domestic life and the banal tragedies of modern love and modern death.

 

A sharp edge of humour slices through Fu's poetry, drawing attention to the distance between contemporary existence and the basic facts of life: "In the classrooms of tomorrow, starved youth will be asked to imagine a culture that kept thin pamphlets of poetry pinned to a metal box full of food, who honoured their gods of plenty by describing ingredients in lush language."

 

Alternating between incisive wit and dark beauty, Fu brings the rich symbolism of fairy tales to bear on our image-obsessed age. From "The Unicorn Princess": "She applies gold spray paint to her horn each morning, / hoping to imitate the brass tusks / on the unicorns skewered to the carousel, / their brittle, painted smiles, harnesses / embedded in their backs and shellacked to high gloss." These poems are utterly of-the-moment, capturing the rage, irony and isolation of the era we live in.

About the Author

Kim Fu

KIM FU is the author of the poetry collection How Festive the Ambulance and the novel For Today I Am a Boy, which won the Edmund White Award For Debut Fiction and the Canadian Authors Emerging Writer Award, was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and a Lambda Literary Award, and was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. The novel was also longlisted for CBC’s Canada Reads. Her essays, journalism and reviews have been published in The New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement and The Atlantic. She is the associate editor of Maisonneuve.

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Editorial Review

“Fu's playful, lyrical, and cutting, debut poetry collection is a dizzying display of styles and scope. Its voice is both consistent and utterly brilliant across five distinct sections. The book is eminently quotable and shockingly accomplished. Everything within warrants praise, and "Salt",  "Small Rooms in the Land of the Dead", "July," and "Lifecycle of the Mole-woman" are particular highlights.”

— Publishers Weekly (US)

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