Laws & Locks

By Chad Campbell

Laws & Locks
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Beginning with the arrival of the Campbell clan in Canada in 1827-- "pale scot farmers fording the river, / seated backwards in refusal"--Laws & Locks tracks the history of one family's struggle with depression, madness and mental illness. Chad Campbell's first book of poetry ... Read more


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Beginning with the arrival of the Campbell clan in Canada in 1827-- "pale scot farmers fording the river, / seated backwards in refusal"--Laws & Locks tracks the history of one family's struggle with depression, madness and mental illness. Chad Campbell's first book of poetry is a brilliant investigation, at once dazzling and unflinching, into the way our predecessors bear on our choices in the present, and how present-day consequences extend backwards in time. A skilled, self-possessed and clear-eyed poet, Campbell has produced a work of art that, while not quite confessional, transforms the private, dark, often stigmatized regions of his life into powerful poetry. It is a bracing debut. "Come now to the burning forest / not burning anymore and feel / safe enough. "

Chad Campbell

A finalist for the 2013 Malahat Long Poem Prize, Chad Campbell's poetry has appeared in Maisonneuve and Arc, among other magazines. Originally from Toronto, he is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and lives and teaches in Iowa.

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This is an excellent, powerful collection. It begins with the arrival of the Campbell clan in Canada in 1827 and moves forward in time through history, negotiating the half lives of the past upon the present. The poems here have a notable clarity and striking originality. I'm looking forward to reading more by Campbell.

Nell