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A treatise on risk and the uncertainties of language in the modern world

Melanie Janisse-Barlow


Melanie Janisse-Barlow

ISBN-13: 978-1-989287224
$18.95 CDN / $17.95 US | Trade Paperback
September 2019

Melanie Janisse-Barlow’s second book of poetry, Thicket, is a treatise on risk and the uncertainties of language in the modern world. In poems that gather and collect force page after page, Thicket negotiates humankind’s overwhelming desire to communicate, and the discomfort that comes with the process of entanglement/disentanglement. When Janisse-Barlow writes of a “thousand awkward conversations,” she’s working away at the knots of language, unraveling and recombining the threads to create self-styled lyric essays. Thicket is a linguistic tour de force.

Praise for Thicket

Janisse-Barlow’s Thicket is a thrillingly original and word-perfect satellite containing masses of tight images—immaculate goosenecks, glitter, snails, stone lions and dogshit—it is a colony of rage, rescue, love and humbling grace.—Lynn Crosbie
Weight 159 g
Dimensions 21.3 × 14 × 1 cm


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