Failure to Thrive (Misfit Books) by Suzannah Showler

By Suzannah Showler

Poetry of ambivalence, humour, and doubt that belies a type of optimism

Dumpster fires outdoor shops and rotting whale carcasses; optical illusions and keepsake mori—all “coming to you direct, / when it comes to this Rube Goldberg machine.” Failure to Thrive zigzags via extra, taking within the monstrous photograph during the lens of a pinhole camera. These poems ask us to lean into our senses, to “spend time loitering, slipping cash into attention’s slots, / watching for the subsequent gigantic pay-off.”

Hip and cerebral, this witty assortment is as speedy to make enjoyable of itself because it is to show its humour outward, the place fake historians have loose rein, solutions are available in the shape of questions, and the apocalypse sounds like a great time to knit a sweater. Suzannah Showler’s debut indicates us how a failing international may be the location of aesthetic renewal instead of decline.

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