The Things I Heard About You by Alex LeslieThe Things I Heard About You by Alex Leslie

The Things I Heard About You

byAlex Leslie

Paperback | September 5, 2014

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Shortlisted for the 2014 Robert Kroetsch award for innovative poetry, The things I heard about you is an exploration of precision and the unspoken, executing a process whereby vignettes and scenes break apart into fragments, rumours or suggestions of the original story. When stories decompose or self-destruct, the results vary, producing an effect of texture and syntactic transformation. This is a book of tidal memories and elegies, love songs to the coast and all its inhabitants. The things I heard about you is Alex Leslie's debut poetry collection.
Alex Leslie has published a collection of stories, People Who Disappear (Freehand, 2012), shortlisted for a 2013 Lambda Award and a 2013 Relit Award, and a chapbook of microfictions, 20 Objects for the New World (Freehand, 2011). Alex's writing has won a Gold National Magazine Award for personal journalism and a CBC Literary Award for ...
Title:The Things I Heard About YouFormat:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 0.24 inPublished:September 5, 2014Publisher:Nightwood EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889713057

ISBN - 13:9780889713055

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Read from the Book

"Leslie's dark tones are reminiscent of Rebecca Brown, but she is a creative force all her own. Her star is rising. Watch for her."--Hiromi Goto"Alex Leslie conducts artful traffic in the zeitgeist, stories that are earthy, smoky, with Didion's terse calm, empathetic and reliable as duct tape."--Mark Anthony Jarman"A text of 'leakage,' a 'softwall luminesence' that produces and diminishes its own light. Deep in the 'bloodclick,' Alex Leslie's gorgeous chapbook bonds design materials, transit routes and sky/ocean notes to create both an 'impression of...thoughts' and a progressive,'wavering' grid of feeling. Narrative hurts then stops. Gatetheory. Then expresses: 'when you let it go.' Loved this. Loved what was brought to bear upon: a Westward edge."--Bhanu Kapil (The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Naropa University) on the chapbook 20 Objects for the New World (Nomados, 2011)

Editorial Reviews

"Prose poems, soundtracks, minifictions--the lyrical, multi-faceted pieces in The things I heard about you record the ways in which language makes and unmakes us. 'Between a tooth and safety,' bodies, weathers, genders inhabit and are inhabited by histories of loss, institutions of violence. These stories don't shrink even as they grow smaller; each is distilled to a potent drop that sinks into the mind like ink into skin: 'I, not here, write.'" --Jen Currin