Leah Horlick recommends “Ritual Lights”


very once in a while, we invite authors to share recommendations for your next great read. Today, Leah Horlick gives us a tantalizing glimpse at a forthcoming collection of poetry (2018).

What book would you recommend to readers?

Ritual Lights by Joelle Barron, forthcoming from Goose Lane Editions in March 2018.

Why do you recommend this book to readers?

Full disclosure: I had the sincere pleasure of being invited to edit this book. This incredible debut was so strong I can’t say that I did more than a scant polish. Barron’s work is a shimmering, incisive exploration of queer family, love, agency, and loss of mythic proportions.

Who might be interested in this book?

This is one of those rare books that will stun an avid poetry reader and equally woo those who are new to poetry. I also strongly recommend this to readers who are looking to add a deeply queer birth narrative to their shelves—so important.

Can you describe your favourite part or element of the book?

One of the strongest elements of this book is a survivor howl that builds up all the way through the text—there’s nothing more satisfying and healing, for me, to read at this particular time in the world.

Copies are available for pre-order! Go ahead and give yourself (and your pals) something to look forward to in 2018!

Leah Horlick is the author of Riot Lung (Thistledown Press, 2012), and For Your Own Good (Caitlin Press, 2015), which was named a Stonewall Honor Book by the American Library Association. In 2016, she was awarded the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBT Writers. Originally a settler from Treaty Six Cree territory in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, she now lives on Unceded Coast Salish Territories in Vancouver.

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