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McClelland & Stewart, Spring 2019

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9780771070983 Paperback, Trade English General Trade POETRY / Canadian Mar 26, 2019
$19.95 CAD
Active 5.78 x 8.48 x 0.34 in 112 pages McClelland & Stewart
With unsettling beauty and a quiet magic, award-winning poet Souvankham Thammavongsa’s Cluster will awe and amaze.

Acclaimed poet Souvankham Thammavongsa returns with her fourth collection, a book about meaning. Meaning can sometimes blow up, crack something we had not seen, or darken what had been seen so clear to us. Meaning can happen with so little and go on to take so much from us. Meaning can sometimes take a long time to arrive, years even, if ever. And it’s possible meaning does not mean, and that in itself could be meaningful. Whatever happens to meaning, it is always there. It means even when you don’t want it. Every poem in this book looks at meaning and the ways in which it arrives, if at all.

Series Overview: McClelland & Stewart is committed to publishing work by Canadian poets whose work engages and excites, and who stand out because of the distinctiveness of their voices, their rigorous dedication to craft, and the scope of their imaginations.


AUDIENCE: For poetry readers, including fans of poets like Ocean Vuong, Liz Howard, and Laurie D. Graham.

AWARD-WINNING AND ACCLAIMED: Thammavongsa’s first book, Small Arguments, won the ReLit prize; her second book, Found, was made into a short film by Paramita Nath; and her third book, Light, won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry.

RISING CANLIT STAR: Thammavongsa has been a finalist for the Journey Prize and her story “How to Pronounce Knife” was featured in Granta 141: Canada recently.

Souvankham Thammavongsa is the author of three poetry books, Light (2013), winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry; Found (2007); and Small Arguments (2003), winner of the ReLit Award. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s, Granta, Brick, Best American Non-Required Reading, and other places. She has been in residence at Yaddo and has performed her work at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. She was born in the Lao refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand, and was raised and educated in Toronto.

Author Residence: Toronto and Newfoundland

Publicity: Limited review coverage in outlets like the Globe and Mail

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Praise for Souvankham Thammavongsa:

“This is the voice of the pilgrim; the one who bends to see, leans to hear. No detail is magnified; one needs only the naked eye. This knowledge is the wisdom of these poems. Thammavongsa’s skill is a pleasure.”—Anne Michaels, author of All We Saw

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