** COMING THIS FALL**
Whether considering the Skeena River or the foibles of an onscreen diva, Zoë Landale creates vivid and unforgettable poetry. Shot through with bright colour and sharp natural imagery, this is not a calm, contemplative collection. Indeed, Landale punctuates her own poetic musings with a director’s cut, a counterpoint of sly, often acerbic observations on her own lines. A fascinating and intricate work, Einstein’s Cat is a collection that is sure to reward repeat readings.
"FALLING IN LOVE (AGAIN)"
What she wants you to understand
is the hypnotic nature of sex
of trees; how they soothe
[speak for yourself!]
with green verticals.
Look at them: mountain after mountain
furred with long spikes, ragged
against the sky obvious symbolism
Trees make her feel
She rips loose
from craving anything more. wishful thinking a blue blanket
fleece with stars
"Personal Political" (Scott Inniss, Canadian Literature, 01/12/2014)
“In Einstein’s Cat, Landale’s language is crisp, her images exact. Landale has a real talent for the tenor-vehicle relation, of which she makes copious use.”
Einstein's Cat by Zoë Landale (Shawna Lemay, Canadian Poetries, 29/04/2013)
“It would be easy to center a review of Einstein’s Cat on the instances of loss in the poems. Or one could write about the formal intricacies, the use of side text like marginalia which is in turns clever, thoughtful, a shot-to-the-gut.... One could unravel the brilliantly intertwining texts of hero and heroine in the movie, and the real life couple in the remaining poems.”
Poetry Month 2013: Zoë Landale (The Toronto Quarterly, 07/04/2013)
The Toronto Quarterly featured Zoë Landale and Einstein's Cat as part of their Poetry Month celebrations.
Other titles by Zoë Landale
Once a Murderer (2008)