il Virus brings together 113 poems written over seventy-eight days during the spring 2020 pandemic lockdown in Toronto. These responses to daily news and eclectic media posts encompass dogs (lots of them), Zambonis, jazz and blues, Jackie Gleason, mathematics, thermodynamics, and geography (real and imagined). These miniatures are Lillian Necakov's most spare poems, but each is jam-packed with explosives: anger, grief, love, need, and a foraging for ink.
Lillian Necakov is the author of about a dozen poetry chapbooks, including The Lake Contains an Emergency Room (Apt. 9 Press; shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Award), as well as the full-length collections Hooligans (Mansfield Press), The Bone Broker (Mansfield Press), Hat Trick (Exile Editions), Polaroids (Coach House Books), and The Sick Bed of Dogs (Wolsak and Wynn), The editor of The Boneshaker Anthology (Teksteditions), she has also published in many print and online journals in Canada and the U.S. Lillian runs the Boneshaker Reading Series in Toronto, where she lives.