Memory--how we retrieve and replenish it--is at the heart of Nectarine, Chad Campbell's visionary second collection. Figures, cities, and landscapes from the author's life shift in and out of these dreamlike poems that explore the "unaccountable, uncountable" ways in which our past keeps speaking to us: through objects, through paintings, through colours, and through the spectre of places that map themselves over the places we live in. Subtle, unsettling, compressed, and full of incandescently beautiful language, Nectarine is about lost things, stranded moments, and traces preserved in time like "a glass of frozen nectarine halves / on a table made of ice."
About the author
Chad Campbell is the author of the award-nominated debut collection Laws & Locks (Signal Editions 2015). His poems have appeared in journals across the U.K. and Canada, and are anthologized in The Next Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry, The Best Canadian Poetry, and Carcanet New Poetries VIII. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he lives in Manchester where he studies and teaches at the Centre for New Writing.
- Winner, Gerald Lampert Memorial Award
"Imagine an image hitting the eye with rapid-fire description, as if it were projectedthrough a television that allowed the viewer to delight in the flicker of each frame.This is the technique Campbell favors." -Jim Johnstone, Carousel
"An unwavering look at mental health, addiction, and the immigrant experience. Using plainspoken, but moving language, Campbell uses long form sequences to paint a complex picture of the wraithlike way past generations of family affect the future." --James Lindsay, Open Book
"One of the strongest books of poetry I've read this year, and easily among the best debut collections I've read in years." -Robert Moore, The Partisan