Myself A Paperclip

October 5, 2021|
Myself A Paperclip by Triny Finlay
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Winner, New Brunswick Book Award (Poetry)
Shortlisted, J.M. Abraham Atlantic Poetry Award

Leaving a drawer open in here
is like leaving your fly undone
is like letting a scab hang off a healing wound.

In Myself A Paperclip, Finlay sketches the internal self and the external whir of the psychiatric ward, laying bare its daily rhythms. Memories, musings, echoes, and meditations on stigma coalesce: quarters dispensed into a payphone to listen to the stunned silence of a partner; Splenda packets and rice pudding hoarded in dresser drawers; counting back from ten as electrodes connect with the temple.

Deeply personal and reflective, Myself A Paperclip confronts abuse and experiences with debilitating mental illnesses, therapies, and hospitalizations, all shaped into the remarkable form of a serial long poem.

Triny Finlay is a queer poet, writer, teacher, and mother whose collections include Splitting Off and Histories Haunt Us. Her writing has appeared in Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets, Arc Poetry Magazine, Contemporary Verse 2, The Fiddlehead, Grain, The London Reader, The Malahat Review, Plenitude, University of Toronto Quar...
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Title:Myself A Paperclip
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:80 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.25 in
Shipping dimensions:80 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.25 in
Published:October 5, 2021
Publisher:Goose Lane Editions
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781773102153

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