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88 Pages, 5.75 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $18.00 (US $18.00)

Publication Date: June 2018

ISBN 9781928088585

Rights: US

Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd (Jun 2018)

Price: $18.00


From fireflies to the use of feathers to adorn hats, Linda Frank looks deeply into humanity's interactions with the animal world, considering both our fascination with and fear of it, and our exploitation of all species. These poems investigate the fearsomeness of nature, cataloging its shimmering beauty in crisp lines before showing the uncompromising endings. Nabokov's butterflies live on beside flea circuses and the habits of the jewel wasp are detailed along with the end of tadpoles captured by a child. This is a collection written with a botanist's eye and a scientist's attention to cause and effect, both a lament and paean to a world that is vanishing.


"[Frank] writes without obfuscation, without formalism, singing the Medication Blues about her insomnia and its accompaniments in a clear, confident style. If only more of the people unwillingly awake at 3 a.m. would channel their sleeplessness into poetry instead of watching bad TV." – Chronicle Herald on Insomnie Blues "The singular advantage of Frank is her almost reckless abandon in trying to capture the frenzy of Frida Kahlo's life and art. She gives us no brooding drama, but charismatic figures (including Leon Trotsky and Diego Rivera), first-person murder and present-tense sex, and zesty argument and impassioned painting." – George Elliott Clarke on Kahlo: The World Split Open "Frank's book, winner of a 2008 Bliss Carman award for poetry and shortlisted for the 2009 Pat Lowther Award, focuses on the turbulent emotional life that fed Kahlo's art. In a seamless mix of first- and second-person poems, Frank creates a larger-than-life picture of Kahlo. They lurch with synesthesia, sensuality." – Canadian Literature on Kahlo: The World Split Open

Author Biography

Linda Frank was born in Montreal and now lives in Hamilton, Ontario. A retired professor from Mohawk College, she has written three books of poetry: Cobalt Moon Embrace, Insomnie Blues and Kahlo: The World Split Open, which was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award. She is a past winner of the Banff Centre's Bliss Carman Poetry Award and has been shortlisted for the National Magazine Awards.