In her second collection of poetry, Robin Richardson charts a path through a surreal otherworld that is at once carnal and aerial, fine-grained and crude. With her unique and engaging voice that mixes pop culture, archaic mysticism, and inventiveness with lyric forms, these poems play with reality and fantasy, distorting perception, and are universal and personal at once.
Robin Richardson is the author of Grunt of the Minotaur. She holds an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence, and her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Arc, Berkeley Poetry Review, Cortland Review, Malahat Review, and Tin House. Her work has been short-listed for the ReLit award, long-listed for the CBC Poetry award, and has won the John B. Santoianni and the Joan T. Baldwin awards. She lives in Toronto.
"Galloping ghosts, pooka horses, coin-fed Gods and chocolate models alike pause in the high delight of Knife Throwing Through Self-Hypnosis. Robin's Richardson's amazing second collection zings along with precision turn, heady phrase and tight line. A seducing, inviting collection of poems that simultaneous stands like a gentle breeze and like a bouncer unafraid to put you in a headlock." - David McGimpsey, author of Sitcom and Li'l Bastar
Ô’obin Richardson's poems take no prisoners, have a strange and authentic music all their own, and mark her, with this haunting second book, as one of the best young poets of her generation.Thomas Lux, author, Child Made of Sand: Poems
Ô—hat a strange and wonderful world we find in Robin Richardson's new book of poems! A world alive with danger and truth. A world much like our own though somehow even more real. Richardson is not just a poet with her own exciting Voice but a poet with an enigmatic Vision. How wonderful to get this chance to see what she sees!Matthew Dickman, author, Mayakovsky's Revolver: Poems, on Grunt of the Minotaur