Pluviophile

By Yusuf Saadi

Pluviophile
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Pluviophile is a poetic rumination on where language originates and what value it retains to unearth the sacred in postmodernity, among other subjects. The opening poem, “The Place Where Words Go to Die,” winner of the Malahat Review’s 2016 Far Horizons Poetry Award, imagines ... Read more


Overview

Pluviophile is a poetic rumination on where language originates and what value it retains to unearth the sacred in postmodernity, among other subjects. The opening poem, “The Place Where Words Go to Die,” winner of the Malahat Review’s 2016 Far Horizons Poetry Award, imagines an underworld where words are killed and reborn, shedding their signifiers like skin to re-enter the symbiotic relationship with the human, where “saxum [is] sacrificed and born again as saxifrage. ” From here the poems shift to diverse locations, from Montreal to Kolkata, from the moon to the gates of heaven.

Yusuf Saadi

Yusuf Saadi won the Malahat Review’s 2016 Far Horizons Poetry Award and the 2016 Vallum Chapbook Award. At other times, his writing has appeared (or is forthcoming) in magazines including Brick, the Malahat Review, Vallum, Grain, CV2, Prairie Fire, PRISM international, Hamilton Arts & Letters, This and untethered. He is also an executive editor at Sewer Lid magazine. He holds an MA in English from the University of Victoria.

Reviews

“‘Poetry is news / that stays beautiful,’ is a claim that Yusuf Saadi asserts and proves in Pluviophile. This collection—which rhymes ‘buttery’ with ‘fuckery’ and ‘windows’ with ‘Calypso’—is a love letter to language. Whether writing a ‘Sonnet by a Forgotten Twix Wrapper’ or a ‘Love Poem for Nusaybah’s Hijab,’ Saadi treats all of his subjects with attention and care, playing deft and unforgettable music wherever he goes. It’s rare to read a debut so masterful in its techniques and assured in its voice. In an age stuffed with filler words, where ‘we Twitter, Tinder, Tumblr through eternity,’ Saadi shows us there is still power and meaning in language. I emerged from reading Pluviophile awake and refreshed. ”

“I respect all kinds of poets; I love the ones who are in love with language. But Yusuf Saadi is not only a connoisseur of word-music—he is also a master of striking imagery, and he writes with dynamic curiosity and fully wakened senses. This is a debut to celebrate. ”

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