A book of lasting impact.
Sumptuary Laws, Nyla Matuk’s first full-length collection, is a work of irresistible originality. Taking as her inspiration the feudal rules that once enforced social rank by legistating what a person was permitted to wear and eat, Matuk discovers a new metaphor for contemporary desire and explores, in wildly imaginative and linguistically daring poems, the 21st century “sumptuary laws” that dictate our divisions of luxury and necessity, splendour and squalor. A poet of immense gifts, Matuk has written a book of lasting impact.
Praise for Nyla Matuk’s Oneiric:
"A vivid, affective, at times disorienting, but always joyous collection where the voices and realities of dreams reach out to us via the myriad postcard mediums of the night." —Robert Earl Stewart, The Mansfield Revue