If I Were in a Cage I'd Reach Out for You


If I Were in a Cage I'd Reach Out for You

By Adle Barclay

Nightwood Editions
x - 96 pages
Audio cassette - $18.95
October 2016

If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You is a collection that travels through both time and place, liminally occupying the chasm between Canadiana and Americana mythologies. These poems dwell in surreal pockets of the everyday warped landscapes of modern cities and flood into the murky basin of the intimate.

Amidst the comings and goings, there’s a sincere desire to connect to others, an essential need to reach out, to redraft the narratives that make kinship radical and near. These poems are love letters to the uncomfortable, the unfathomable, and the altered geographies that define our own misshapen understandings of the world.

“[This] is a synesthesiac’s erotic dream—the sharp point of love and loss draws an irresistibly radiant portrait of the artist anywhere and everywhere: in a Montreal wolf den, in a tortilla factory, in a handmade Gothic mansion of the heart, where fierce and fervent love poetry grows teeth.” —Brenda Shaughnessy, author of Our Andromeda

“Brims with cracking imagery and whip-smart delivery.”
The Winnipeg Free Press

“Adèle Barclay has that rare gift of making something entirely new feel familiar, every door she opens we want to swoon right in.”
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