Stranger

Nyla Matuk

Poems that reawaken the reader’s sense of wonder.

In Stranger, Nyla Matuk’s provocative, unabashedly sensual voice leads us to revelations about how our lives are increasingly disembodied by social media’s flattened, outward identity markers. In place of this contested sense of self, Stranger reckons with a range of possible states of unknowing. Have we over-determined our identities, and thus diminished our appetites? “I fell asleep between two cold rivers,” Matuk reports, “while the blue shadows of uncomplicated / conifers leaned into their own.” Bold and spontaneous, piling images and ideas on top of each other to create opulent sound patterns, these poems reawaken the reader’s sense of wonder.

Signal Editions
Poetry 2016

Reviews


“We’re all strangers, even if we think we know each other. Poet Nyla Matuk artfully meditates on our disconnected digital age, while awakening a sensuality to this vulnerable state of unknowing… [She] creates space for the mundane hum of the every day, and opens towards a sense of curiosity. Stranger harnesses the unknown within, and makes it safe to uncover an estranged self.” -Shannon Webb-Campbell, Montreal Review of Books

Nyla Matuk is the author of Sumptuary Laws (Vehicule Press, 2012), nominated for the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award for best first book of poetry in Canada. Sumptuary Laws was named a National Post best book of poetry in 2012 and a ‘must-read’ book of poetry at CBC Books. Her poems have appeared recently in The New Yorker,PN Review, The Fiddlehead, and the New Poetries VI anthology (Carcanet, 2015).

Other books by Nyla Matuk: Sumptuary Laws
Trade paperback
80 pp 8.5" x 5.5"
ISBN13: 9781550654547

CDN $17.95
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US $14.95

Ebook
8.5" x 5.5"
ISBN13: 9781550654608

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