Shortlisted for the A.M Klein Prize for Poetry
Winner of the 2019 Pat Lowther Memorial Award for Ekke
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In her second collection of poetry, Hell Light Flesh, Klara du Plessis returns with a Dantesque trilogy on family, punishment, and the ferocity and brilliance of creation. Hell Light Flesh drops the reader into a narrative claustrophobically entwined in unquestioned systemic violence where art and art criticism act as a consistent glimmer of hope. Over and over, the poem lends itself to allegory, and yields to layers of interpretation. Hell Light Flesh is mandatory reading for devotees of the long poem and fans of du Plessis’ thrilling brand of essayistic poetry alike.
Praise for Klara du Plessis’s Ekke:
“An intelligent book … both politically conscious and aesthetically beautiful, Ekke reads like a combination of the best parts of Lisa Robertson and M. Travis Lane: brainy and beautiful meditation with a beating lyric heart”—Winner of the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, jurors’ citation
“There’s something kinetic about du Plessis’ writing … it’s alive—reading it is like feeling intensely watched by a portrait, or seeing a grape roll across the table in a still-life painting”— Montreal Review of Books
“In this striking debut, Klara du Plessis traces an existence that is at once defined and mysterious, fluid and concrete. In a world of binaries—emotion and intellect, delicacy and firmness, the ephemeral and the concrete—her poems are small stones skipping across water”—PRISM International