Ghost Sick—Emily Pohl-Weary

ISBN: 9781926639826

PRICE: $14.95—special sale price!

Winner of the 2016 Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry!





When a Christmas Eve shooting devastated Emily Pohl-Weary’s community, she began to hunt through the numbness and grief for some understanding and hopefulness about the future. In the tradition of Carolyn Forché, Ernesto Cardenal, and Shu Ting, Ghost Sick is a poetry of witness. It chronicles the impact of violence on an inner-city Toronto neighbourhood, the power of empathy, and the resilience of the human spirit.

“A hard, sad, and beautifully necessary collection of poems. A book that helps us claw our way back from the edges of our own teetering lives.”—Susan Musgrave, author of A Man to Marry, A Man to Bury

“Ghost Sick focuses on violence and its personal cost in a Toronto neighbourhood, starting from the writer’s childhood to the present, the wasted lives, the pain and loss of her own and those of people dear to her.”—Marge Piercy, New York Times bestselling author of Gone to Soldiers

“These are not easy poems to forget, so take a deep breath, and plunge right in. The world will not look the same when you re-emerge, but the rewards are immense: you come away from these poems open to possibility, hopeful for change, and knowing you are not alone in that struggle.”—Carolyn Smart, author of Hooked

“Pohl-Weary’s gritty vernacular got game, got street cred. Like Holocaust witness poet Paul Celan, Pohl-Weary checks tabloids, billboards, newsflashes, for the language to bespeak domesticated violence.”—George Elliot Clarke, Halifax Chronicle-Herald

“The poems in Ghost Sick coalesce into a very strong, coherent collection that should be read from cover to cover . . . this is a book that looks forward towards a better city, better citizens, and a better society.” —Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, Broken Pencil

“Ghost Sick takes your breath away and leaves you wanting more. A great read that makes you think about what it means to bear witness to tragedy.”—Christine Smith (McFarlane), Shameless Magazine

“A nuanced, wrenching and ultimately heart-opening poetry collection that took eight years to write—nearly a decade of trying to grapple with the shooting death of a young man in her Parkdale neighbourhood.” —Yukon News

Ghost Sick by Emily Pohl-Weary is a collection of poems that witness. They are testimony, commentary, and emotional responses to the crime, drugs, loss of innocence and more in a Toronto neighborhood and other places where lives are wasted and lost too easily.”—Serena Agusto-Cox, Savvy Verse and Wit

Emily Pohl-Weary is an award-winning author, editor, arts educator, and academic. She is the author of several books, including the emily-pohl-wearynovels A Girl Like Sugar and Strange Times at Western High; the young adult novel Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl; the poetry collection Iron-on Constellations; and the biography Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril, which won a Hugo Award for Best Related Book.

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Iron-on Constellations | Emily Pohl-Weary

Iron-On Constellations, by Emily Pohl-Weary
ISBN: 9780973864502
Price: $5 special sale price
Pub Date: 2005

The poetry in Iron-on Constellations defiantly explores the beauty and complexity of the everyday.

Emily Pohl-Weary sifts through the surface dirt, grime and debris of the city to reveal the isolation, illness, love and sexuality lurking beneath. Through short,confident bursts that act like graffiti on an alley wall, her poems reveal hidden layers of emotion and political motivation.

Click for an excerpt from Iron-on Constellations.

Emily Pohl-Weary‘s most recent novel is Strange Times at Western High (Annick Press), a young adult mystery featuring misfit Natalie Fuentes, who solves a crime in her high school. Like the character Natalie, Pohl-Weary’s first publications were in self-published zines titled things like We Have Lives, This City of Faces and Throat Flower. She went to become a co-editor of Broken Pencil, the guide to zines and independent arts, and eventually to publish her own magazine, Kiss Machine. During Kiss Machine‘s eight-and-a-half year run, it also published an award-winning line of comics by Canadian women writers and artists. Her first book was the life story of gender-bending science fiction author Judith Merril, Better to Have Loved (Between the Lines). Merril was Pohl-Weary’s grandmother, and she had started the book prior to her death. Pohl-Weary completed it posthumously in the same voice. It won a Hugo Award and was a finalist for the Toronto Book Award. Selections from her critically acclaimed anthology of writing about female superheroes Girls Who Bite Back: Witches, Mutants, Slayers and Freaks (Sumach Press) were an opportunity for 34 writers to analyse and redefine the notion of powerful women. The year it launched, contributors toured 17 cities across North America, doing readings from the book and running superhero makeovers on the audience.Her novel A Girl Like Sugar (McGilligan Books) is the coming-of-age tale of a girl who’s haunted by her dead rock star boyfriend. Her poetry collection, Iron-on Constellations (Tightrope Books), explores the illness, love and isolation hidden beneath busy urban life. Video artists and stop-motion animators have adapted several of the poems.

 

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