Nectarine

By Chad Campbell

Nectarine
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Memory--how we retrieve and replenish it--is at the heart of Nectarine, Chad Campbell's visionary second collection. Figures, cities, and landscapes from the author's life shift in and out of these dreamlike poems that explore the "unaccountable, uncountable" ways in which our ... Read more


Overview

Memory--how we retrieve and replenish it--is at the heart of Nectarine, Chad Campbell's visionary second collection. Figures, cities, and landscapes from the author's life shift in and out of these dreamlike poems that explore the "unaccountable, uncountable" ways in which our past keeps speaking to us: through objects, through paintings, through colours, and through the spectre of places that map themselves over the places we live in. Subtle, unsettling, compressed, and full of incandescently beautiful language, Nectarine is about lost things, stranded moments, and traces preserved in time like "a glass of frozen nectarine halves / on a table made of ice. "

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.

Awards

  • Gerald Lampert Memorial Award 2016, Winner

Reviews

"Imagine an image hitting the eye with rapid-fire description, as if it were projectedthrough a television that allowed the viewer to delight in the flicker of each frame. This is the technique Campbell favors. " -Jim Johnstone, Carousel

"An unwavering look at mental health, addiction, and the immigrant experience. Using plainspoken, but moving language, Campbell uses long form sequences topaint a complex picture of the wraithlike way past generations of family affect thefuture. " --James Lindsay, Open Book

"One of the strongest books of poetry I've read this year, and easily among the bestdebut collections I've read in years. " -Robert Moore, The Partisan

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