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Precordial Thump

by Zoe Whittall

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This is a gutsy, gritty, urban, urbane, and sleek selection by a poet evocatively skilled in her craft!A "precordial thump" is a single punch to the center of the sternum, an attempt to start the heart. In Zoe Whittall’s third book of poetry, lies erode a relationship, romance blooms in the back of an ambulance and the poet examines the implied sincerity in confessional poetry. At the intersection of emergency medicine and emergency poetry, Whittall aims to break down the larger lies of poetic form and the smaller dishonesties within ourselves.

About the Author

Zoe Whittall’s third novel, The Best Kind of People, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, was named Indigo’s #1 Book of 2016, and is being adapted for film by director Sarah Polley. Whittall won a 2018 Canadian Screen Award for Best Writing in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program with the team from The Baroness von Sketch Show. She has also written for Schitt's Creek, among other shows. Her second novel, Holding Still for as Long as Possible, won a Lambda Literary Award, and her first novel, Bottle Rocket Hearts, is now being adapted into a limited series for television. Her short fiction and arts criticism have appeared in Granta, The Walrus, the Believer, Cosmonauts, Hazlitt, and others, and she has published three volumes of poetry.

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Contributor Notes

Zoe Whittall is the author of the poetry collections The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life and The Emily Valentine Poems and the novel Bottle Rocket Hearts, which was named one of the Best Books of 2007 by both the Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Editorial Reviews

"Whittall's background as a poet shines...her voice hits hard and with beauty."


"Zoe Whittal might just be the cockiest, brashest, funniest, toughest, most life-affirming, elegant, scruffy, no-holds-barred writer to emerge from Montreal since Mordecai Richler..."


"Whittall’s writing is eloquent . . . a book I devoured page after page . . . one I didn't want to end."  ?Calgary Herald


"Whittall is part pop psychologist and personal historian, artfully combining found material with Polaroid memory captures."  ?Mariko Tamaki, author, Skim

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