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Podcast Episode 17
12:00pm

But the sun

with Conyer Clayton
Hosted by nina jane drystek

But the sun

with Conyer Clayton
Hosted by nina jane drystek
28
Tuesday
Jun
12:00pm
Conyer Clayton

Join us for a conversation between poets nina jane drystek and Conyer Clayton winner of the Ottawa Book Award.

 

But the sun, and the ships, and the fish, and the waves, Conyer Clayton's follow-up to her award-winning debut, We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite, is a collection of prose poems that employs surrealism, humour, and body horror to cope with CPTSD, assault, loss, fear, and the memories of it all. The narrator weaves her way through largely aquatic landscapes-water parks, ponds, beast-filled lakes, vast oceans. She walks through time, reverting to childhood and back within a few lines, has the sureness of knowledge that exists only in dreamscapes, and foreshadows the inevitable with a calm derived from accepting the absurd. These poems, hallucinatory and unexpected, are threaded by repetition: Here is another car accident. Here is another man to flee from. Here is questioned memory. Here is the site of grief, revisited, and sometimes, within it, tentatively, hope. In these poems, Clayton explores how we question the validity of our own memories, especially those related to abuse and assault, and the way we forget-or obsess over potentially forgetting-memories of those who've died. These poems validate dreams, by proxy, and all internal experience as authentic and valid experience that carries wisdom even when we don't know it. 

 

Books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.

 

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