A stunning new work from the Griffin Poetry Prize-winning author of Loop and Is.
All of us are many selves within our lifetimes--one that is thrust upon us at birth, shaped during youth, and reconstructed throughout our lives. Who is this self? Who is this self in relation to others? In the coming-to-be of childhood or in the midst of illness, we face an unknown self within the one that is known. Even after death, we appear as fluid as water in the memories of those who knew us best. Strange Attractor reveals our multiple, shifting selves with power and tenderness, as if Simpson were showing us how to shed our skins.
ANNE SIMPSON is the author of four previous books of poetry: Light Falls Through You, winner of the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the Atlantic Poetry Prize, and a finalist for the Pat Lowther Poetry Award; Loop, winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize; Quick, winner of the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and a finalist for the Atlantic Poetry Prize; and, most recently, Is. She is also the author of two novels, Canterbury Beach and Falling, longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and winner of the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction. Her book of essays, The Marram Grass: Poetry & Otherness, was published in 2009. Simpson lives in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
Praise for Anne Simpson and Is:
“With the experimentalism of Anne Carson and the imagism of Anne Michaels, Anne Simpson explores the globe of the heart.” —Halifax Chronicle-Herald
“Anne Simpson’s voice is instantly recognizable…. [She writes] poems of extraordinary range, intelligence, and empathy.”—Jury citation, Pat Lowther Memorial Award
“Simpson turns our attention to the sharp edges of life, and she does it with language that juxtaposes beauty with death, creating internal tension in the poems. Simpson looks at death and loss with an unsentimental eye.”—Canadian Literature