Winnipeg Free Press

Stark Realities

As December’s dark days dwindle, end your year wrong and start next year right with this slate of depressing (but dazzling!) poetry books. Only Charlie Brown says “Good grief!” better than poetry. What better place to put your pain than in a poem?

“The Internet can f—k off,” writes Tara-Michelle Ziniuk in Whatever, Iceberg (Mansfield, 86 pages, $17), which nicely captures how most people feel about the internet as 2017 draws to its close.

“I don’t want to be Alice, any more than I want to be alive. Thanks again, Autocorrect.” Ziniuk walks a thin, dark line in these prose poems, which detail a relationship’s deterioration with painful precision.

“You’re over-thinking it. …

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