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A Pillow Book
By (author): Suzanne Buffam
Suzanne Buffam

Imprint:

House of Anansi Press - Toronto

ISBN:

9781487000264

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General Trade
Apr 09, 2016
$19.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

8in x 5.88 x 0.4 in | 0.44 lb

Page Count:

128 pages
House of Anansi Press Inc
House of Anansi Press
POETRY / Canadian / General
  • Short Description
A Pillow Book offers a modern response to a thousand-year-old Japanese genre which resists, while slyly absorbing, all attempts to define it.

Not a narrative. Not an essay. Not a shopping list. Not a song. Not a diary. Not an etiquette manual. Not a confession. Not a prayer. Not a secret letter sent through the silent Palace hallways before dawn. Making a daybook of oblivion, A Pillow Book leads the reader on a darkly comic tour through the dim-lit valley of fitful sleep. The miscellaneous memoranda, minutiae, dreamscapes, and lists that comprise this book-length poem disclose a prismatic meditation on the price of privilege; the petty grievances of marriage, motherhood, art, and office politics; the indignities of age; and the putative properties of dreams, among other themes, set in the dead of winter in a Midwestern townhouse on the eve of the end of geohistory. Feather-light in its touch, quixotic in its turns, and resolutely deadpan in its delivery, A Pillow Book offers a twenty-first-century response to a thousand-year-old Japanese genre which resists, while slyly absorbing, all attempts to define it.

Suzanne Buffam’s first collection of poetry, Past Imperfect, won the Gerald Lampert Award. Her second collection of poetry, The Irrationalist, was named a finalist for the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize. Her work has been translated into French, German, Spanish, and Slovenian. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Chicago.

A Pillow Book is one of the most finely controlled, subtly structured books of Canadian poetry in recent memory... - Emma Healey, Globe and Mail

Suzanne Buffam’s third poetry collection, A Pillow Book (House of Anansi), takes the reader into the haze-filled world of the insomniac, turning the half-muddled thoughts of sleepless-ness into irreverent, sharp and meditative poems. - Maisonneuve

Buffam’s pillow may not inspire sleep, but it does inspire smart, relevant writing. - Arc Poetry Magazine

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