Sue Bracken often finds the bizarre and the beautiful in what she sees. When Centipedes Dream, her debut book of poems, is a collection of these sightings. It ranges from the familial love in a small blue bracelet, the roar surrounding the loss of a sibling, the balletic thoughts of a homeless woman in a Toronto shelter, to a decadent night at the Gladstone Hotel. Her work brims with both joy and sorrow, but mostly astonishment at all these moments.
“Sue Bracken’s poems riff with grit, wit, and grace. A debut collection that hums with ‘beautiful god sparkle.’” —Laura Lush, author of Carapace and Swing Beam
“With the flick of a mer-woman’s tale, Sue Bracken’s first collection of poems is both muscular and full of grace. A ‘cool pool of wonder’ that one feels compelled to dive into and that reminds us of our aqueous origins. At turns playful and elegiac but always brave, these poems shimmer on the page.” — Jane Byers, author of Acquired Community and Steeling Effects
“When Centipedes Dream is, at turns, sweetly playful, joyous, empathic, and above all, infectiously in love with language. Such odd and lovely creatures populate Sue Bracken’s protean mind; such perfectly expressed, lyrical, love. A book to dream with.” —Lynn Crosbie, author of The Corpses of the Future and Where Did You Sleep Last Night
“Plays with meanings … words come apart … poems ‘telescope and reverse’ in ‘zen infused’ language … colours ‘reverberate’ … the psychomachia of light and dark” —Anne Burke, poets.ca
Sue Bracken lives in Toronto in a house ruled by artists and animals. This is her debut collection of poetry.