Advanced Search

Add Best Comp

Add comparable title

Remove comparable title

Guernica Editions Spring 2021

Through the Waspmouth I Drew You
By (author): Nicola Vulpe
Nicola Vulpe


Guernica Editions - Hamilton



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
May 01, 2021
$20.00 CAD


8in x 5 x 0.25 in | 1 gr

Page Count:

80 pages
Guernica Editions
POETRY / Canadian / General
Modern and contemporary poetry (c 1900 onwards)|Poetry by individual poets|Canadian English
Fred Cogswell Award 2022, Long-listed

Marrying the precise yet nuanced language of his earlier work with new, invented vocabularies and usages, Nicola Vulpe draws deep into the origins of language to confront what it means to write poetry or attempt any artistic endeavour, or, indeed, continue in a world where so many of us struggle, literally, not to drown. Written to be read aloud, to be heard like a poem in the most ancient oral traditions, Through the Waspmouth is a synesthetic work that arouses our senses and our intellect. We come to this poem as to a new language, a language whose details and mechanics are opaque, but which, like a child turning to innate linguistic resources, we nonetheless somehow understand, and into which we are drawn and held in thrall.

Nicola Vulpe considers poetry an unfortunate habit, but has nonetheless published three collections of poetry, When the Mongols Return, Insult to the Brain and Blue Tile, a novella, The Extraordinary Event of Pia H., an anthology of Canadian poetry about the Spanish Civil War, and essays on subjects as diverse as the Epic of Gilgamesh, and the afterlife of Norman Bethune.

For an example of truly fine poetry, Nicola Vulpe’s Through the Waspmouth does not disappoint: fine in formation and texture, fine in craft and effect. Abstract, enigmatic and searching, always at the edge of the possibility of description or evocation, this fascinating polyphonic sequence repays continual rereading.

- Rob Miles, winner Philip Larkin Prize

This collection of sparkling poems by Nicola Vulpe is both the Flood and the Ark, the great wash of language and a way to sail through those waves, finally depositing us on the shore of inevitable silence. But what a journey it’s been, with parrots declaiming and pairs of words finding other words to hugclose. A fabulous, fantastic voyage through the high seas of language.

- Mark Frutkin, winner Trillium Book Award

Nicola Vulpe has done it again, taking an unexpected and rewarding route with this inventive poetic sequence. In Through The Waspmouth we enter the hidden orbit of words, chart the other side of the moon of inspiration, then share poems that rise and leap into the light of playful and fretted speech.

- Seymour Mayne, winner Canadian Jewish Book Award

of 20

Also Available

Insult to the Brain Nicola Vulpe 9781771833769 $20.00 CAD May 01, 2019

Forgotten Password

Please enter your email address and click submit. An email with instructions on resetting your password will be sent to you.

Forgotten Password

An email has been sent out with instructions for resetting your password.