The poems in Admission Requirements attempt to discover what is required of us when we cut across our material and psychic geographies. Simultaneously full and empty of its origins, the self is continually taxed of any certainties and ways of being. The speaker in these poems is engaged in a kind of fieldwork, surveying gardens, communities, and the haphazard cityscape, where the reader is presented with the paradoxes of subsumed histories. With understated irony and unsettling imagery, the poems address the internal conflicts inherent in contemporary living.
Awards and Honours
2018 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award (Shortlist)
2018 Pat Lowther Memorial Award (Shortlist)
2018 Trillium Book Award for Poetry–English Language (Finalist)
2017 Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design–Poetry (Second Prize), Jennifer Griffiths, designer