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On Second Thought
By (author): Priscila Uppal
9781771261920 Paperback, UK Trade English General Trade POETRY / Canadian Oct 01, 2018
$17.00 CAD
Active 5.75 x 8.88 x 0.27 in 90 pages Mansfield Press
This is no typical mid-life crisis. Poet Priscila Uppal, faced with a very serious and frightening health crisis as she turned 40, reexamined her relationship to everything in her life, including her sense of what it means to heal. Thoughtfully and playfully, with Uppal's famous dark wit and intense scrutiny of the self and language, these poems debate with the tragedies and absurdities of life in the 21st century, leading Uppal to explore dramatic changes of lifestyle, philosophy, physicality, sociability, spirituality, and aesthetics. A stanch advocate of how beautiful life is even in the midst of fear and doubt, her poetry brims with hope and humour and the lust of embracing the world in its many misunderstood and even unwelcome forms of knowledge. From quantum physics and theories of creativity to energy healing and spirit trees, Uppal suggests a mid-life crisis is actually a desperate (and often comic) attempt to heal what may have gone awry and to open up to new possibilities for the future. In other words, a second lease on life goes hand in hand with second thoughts.

Priscila Uppal is a Toronto poet, fiction writer, memoirist, essayist, playwright, Professor of English at York University, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Among her critically acclaimed publications are ten collections of poetry, most recently, Sabotage, Traumatology, & Ontological Necessities (Griffin Poetry Prize finalist); the novels The Divine Economy of Salvation and To Whom It May Concern; the study We Are What We Mourn: The Contemporary English-Canadian Elegy; the memoir Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother (Writers' Trust Hilary Weston Prize and Governor General's Award finalist); the collection of short stories Cover Before Striking and the play 6 Essential Questions. Her work has been published internationally and translated into Croatian, Dutch, French, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Korean and Latvian. She was the first-ever poet-in-residence for Canadian Athletes Now during the 2010 Vancouver and 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic games as well as the Roger's Cup Tennis Tournament in 2011. Her second play What Linda Said recently had its World Premiere at SummerWorks. Time Out London dubbed her "Canada's coolest poet." For more information visit

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