A new poetry collection from the Giller Prize–winning author of The Sentimentalists and Quartet for the End of Time.
In The Description of the World Johanna Skibsrud brings us to the edges of dreams – and waking. With lines that are searching, but spacious, she deftly turns over ideas of perception and reality, inviting us to join her as she releases the abstract figure from its painting, or brings the poet in from the wilderness. This is a collection about possibility. The possibility of language and naming, of dropping – or not dropping – an atomic bomb, of giving birth, of love.
"Skibsrud's poetry powered by paradox" (Jonathan Ball, Winnipeg Free Press, 02/25/2017)
"Skibsrud’s poetry is best when it enacts these sorts of paradoxes, when 'eyes see sight, and know it is a wall.' She manages to be both straightforward and convoluted, and her poems have a meditative, thoughtful tone."
"Two from Buckrider 2016: Skibsrud and Harrison" (Catherine Owen, Marrow Reviews, 18/12/2016)
"The Description of the World rather falls apart as an assemblage of poems to me, but nonetheless opens wide essential vistas in the brain where thought is suffused with both deep attention and tenderness."