Using a wide variety of subjects (from Tinder to pharmaceutical research testing methods) as jumping-off points, Emma Healey's provocative new collection of prose poems, Stereoblind, explores the urgent themes of feminism, mental illness, sexuality, artistic practice, alienation, connection, technology, and time. In the world of these poems, the past, present and future seem to overlap. Things exceed their limits, facts are not always true, borders are not always solid, and events seem to write themselves into being. An on-again off-again real estate sale nudges a quartet of millennial renters into an alternate universe of multiplying signs and wonders; an art show at Ontario Place may or may not be as strange and complex (or even as "real") as described; the collusion of a hangover and a blizzard carry our narrator on a trancelike odyssey through Bed Bath & Beyond. "It is a thrill to be alive in a world like this, where every problem has a multiplicity of solutions, an honest light spread evenly across them." The lived and the written seem almost contiguous in Emma Healey's anxious, skewed, but familiar universe, the poems rife with an intense species of hyper attention John Ashbery once described as "the experience of experience." Using the prose poem as their home base, these poems construct an inventory of ontological disturbance - one that is fraught, honest, playful, complex, and incomplete all at once.
Publisher: House of Anansi Press Ltd ,Canada
Number of pages: 112
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
PRAISE FOR BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND
"Who needs a tightrope to stroll across Niagara Falls when you have the prose poem -- pliable, surreal, infinitely hackable. These poems from Emma Healey signal the arrival of an exciting, nimble, new voice." -- Sina Queyras
"Healey's work operates close to the edges of contemporary poetic discourse -- and sometimes beyond them . . . but [it] is also concerned with the experience of life lived in the personal present. A poet well-versed in critical and theoretical discourse but who also has a keen eye for the everyday and the real." -- Philip Coleman, Penny Dreadful (Ireland)
"A bit confessional, a bit surrealist, a bit Miranda July, and very New Sincerity . . . These poems dance and ramble, propelled by an earnestness that can't help but charm." -- Nico Mara McKay, Broken Pencil