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96 Pages, 5.75 x 8.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $18.00 (US $18.00)

Publication Date: October 2022

ISBN 9781771667814

Rights: WOR X CA

Book*hug Press (Oct 2022)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: October 2022


tend is a visceral, playful collection that contemplates fracture—of the physical, and between people, times and places.These poems reflect living through the intimate awkwardness of modern life: the feelings of being distanced from loved ones, physically and emotionally; striving to be better (at chores, at intimacy); and tending to the things that break apart.This work is anchored in the body, pushing at the edges of spaces that bodies and ideas inhabit: between closing in and digging out, claustrophobia and isolation, nostalgia and plans, home and away, and the struggle to stay still or articulate without doubling back.Kate Hargreaves plays with the recognizable in our everyday—bodies and homes and relationships—and, in doing so, reminds us of unexpectedness in these complex spaces. tend is an immersive work, as validating as it is illuminating.


Praise for Leak: "Inside Kate Hargreaves's stunning new book, words bite and yawn and breathe the page, chipping away at the dictionary, diagnosing the alphabet. A tour de aperture, these poems will leak from your tongue into your brain, gushing pleasure: pleasure: pleasure: pleasure." —Nicole Markotic  

"With deliberate caprice, Kate Hargreaves executes, deranges, disentangles, fractures, accidenting language into dazzling constellations." —Rosemary Nixon  

"Leak is an exciting poetic debut which performs a relentless and passionate anat- omy through syntax that spills, kicks, craves, bloats, sheds, and spits. Hargreaves reminds us that, for worse and for better, parts of speech and speaker tend to gurgle beyond their notional grammars. Read it and gush." —Susan Holbrook

Author Biography

Kate Hargreaves is the author of the poetry collection, Leak, as well as Jammer Star, a roller derby novel for young readers, and Talking Derby, a book of prose vignettes. She holds an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor, where she received the Governor General's Gold Medal in Graduate Studies. Her work has appeared in literary journals across Canada, the US, and the UK. As a book designer for numerous Canadian presses, Hargreaves has received honours from the Alcuin Society for Excellence in Book Design, the CBC Bookie Awards, and the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. She grew up in Amherstburg, Ontario, and lives and works in Windsor.