Over the past three months, Adèle Barclay has been a non-stop poetry promotional machine, working hard to share her highly anticipated debut collection If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You, which was released in October 2016, with readers everywhere.
Along with Barclay’s diligent promotion, the arresting poems speak for themselves; “I Open the Dryer and a Robin Sails Out” garnered Barclay the Walrus Poetry Prize 2016 Readers Choice Award. Alongside accolades, the reviews and interviews keep pouring in from Quill & Quire, PRISM International, Discorder, Sad Magazine and Michael Dennis’ popular poetry blog, where the critic calls Barclay’s book “a debut we will all remember. These are intelligent, vibrant and exciting poems hard wired with a dark winged angel circling overhead.”
A little further east in Montreal, Matrix Magazine declares Barclay’s poetry “witchy and wise, erotic and tender… the dark magic of autumn, salt kiss of oceans, and what’s left when half the bed is empty,” while Jonathan Ball of The Winnipeg Free Press says the collection “brims with crackling imagery and whip-smart delivery.”
Adèle has been touring across the country, with stops in Toronto, Halifax (where she read with forthcoming Nightwood Editions poet Michelle Elrick), Montreal, Kingston, and Ottawa, with forthcoming events in Portland, Edmonton and Calgary.
In a recent profile with Montecristo Magazine, Kyla Jamieson outlines the quick work the media has made of Barclay’s first book of poetry:
“Readers and judges lauded Barclay’s work in 2016—she received both The Walrus Poetry Prize Readers’s Choice Award and Lit Pop Award for Poetry. ‘It feels good, of course,’ she says, ‘but also, those aren’t the things that sustain you long-term, emotionally.’ Reflecting on the book tour that followed her collection’s release, she says one of her favourite moments came after a reading, when she hung out and ate chicken wings with doyennes of the local literary scene. ‘Those moments make things feel possible,’ she says. ‘Hanging out with these badass radical feminists is just what little Adèle wanted.’”