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McClelland & Stewart Spring 2017

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Admission Requirements
By (author): Phoebe Wang
9780771005572 Paperback, Trade English General Trade POETRY / Canadian Mar 28, 2017
$19.95 CAD
Active 5.8 x 8.5 x 0.4 in 112 pages McClelland & Stewart
A debut collection from a startling new voice in Canadian poetry.

The poems in Admission Requirements attempt to discover what is required of us when we cut across our material and psychic geographies. Simultaneously full and empty of its origins, the self is continually taxed of any certainties and ways of being. The speaker in these poems is engaged in a kind of fieldwork, surveying gardens, communities, and the haphazard cityscape, where the reader is presented with the paradoxes of subsumed histories. With understated irony and unsettling imagery, the poems address the internal conflicts inherent in contemporary living.

Story Locale: British Columbia

Series Overview: The McClelland & Stewart poetry program, supported by its active Board, is committed to publishing Canadian poets whose work engages and excites, and who stand out because of the distinctiveness of their voices, their rigorous dedication to craft, and the scope of their imaginations.

AUDIENCE: For readers of such poets as Liz Howard, Jacob McArthur Mooney, Dionne Brand, Sina Queyras, David O’Meara, Di Brandt, Sylvia Legris, Margaret Christakos.

A MUCH-ANTICIPATED POETIC DEBUT: Phoebe has been widely published and received a lot of interest in her manuscript. We are pleased to be publishing her debut as part of M&S’s poetry program. Recent debut collections have gone on to become finalists for many of Canada’s top poetry prizes.

PHOEBE WANG was born in Ottawa in 1981, and currently lives in Toronto, where she writes and teaches. She holds a BA in English from York University and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. She is the author of two chapbooks, Occasional Emergencies (Odourless Press, 2013) and Hanging Exhibits (The Emergency Response Unit, 2016). She placed second in the Short Grain (with Variations) contest in 2012 and was the winner of Prism International’s Poetry Contest in 2015.

Author Residence: Toronto, ON

Author Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Author Website:

Author Social Media: @alittleprint

Praise for Phoebe Wang:

“Phoebe Wang’s ekphrastic poems remind me that art is not just an object to be viewed passively but is an interaction, worth climbing inside and inhabiting. With a curious, restless mind she experiences these paintings and sculptures through searching reflection and fresh imagery…well worth reading and thinking about.”—David O’Meara

“Startling…. Her poems respond to the fluid energy-field borders between life and art rather than to artworks alone…. She draws images on the word in the same way that conceptual art drew words and concepts onto/into the image. [Her work] engages not just the meditations on permanent human experience an artwork arouses, but everything in the surrounding era and consciousness of the viewing, singing, commenting self. Wang’s grasp of the contemporary gives new readings to the classic.”—A. F. Moritz

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