Precious Energy, the fourth collection of poetry from Hamilton-born poet and playwright Shannon Bramer, is a uniquely playful collection of vibrantly sad, peculiar, and often funny poems about domestic life, motherhood, and the baffled child that remains within us all even as we grow up and into whatever person we keep trying to become. Featuring a coterie of subjects, from fish sticks and LEGO pieces to mothers too tired to have sex and solitary swans in everyone's basement, these poems dexterously navigate a landscape of domestic isolation, insecure attachments, and confused personal boundaries with honesty and unexpected humour.
Praise for Precious Energy:
"Shannon Bramer writes with a candor that is as clever as it is devastating. Through masterfully crafted studies of the everyday, Bramer transcends, in the manner of Lydia Davis, drawing the domestic into utter sublimity. These poems cut the crap, delving instead into the strange territory of the inner psyche so many flinch away from. It is not hyperbolic when I say? Precious Energy? contains some of the most affecting, unique poems out there today. I anxiously await her next collection. " --Robin Richardson, author of Knife Throwing Through Self-Hypnosis"With this collection Bramer has redeemed modern poetry. She has wrestled it away from the academic arms of intellectual constructs while simultaneously destroying the notion of dainty phrases trapped in dusty tombs. These poems don't sit on a shelf but in the front of your mind on the tip of your tongue. ? Precious Energy ?is a must for anyone who has ever had their clothes drenched in a child's vomit, seen their cell phone as the enemy, momentarily failed to recognize their lover or wondered what the point of all this is. And these poems are funny! I can't recommend this book highly enough. " --Andrew Kaufman, author of All My Friends are Superheroes and The Waterproof Bible. ?
Shannon Bramer was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and now lives in Toronto. She is a playwright and poet who writes books for human beings of all ages. She is the author of suitcases and other poems (winner, Hamilton and Region Best Book Award), scarf, The Refrigerator Memory, Precious Energy, and Climbing Shadows: Poems for Children, illustrated by Cindy Derby. Shannon also conducts poetry workshops in schools and is the editor of Think City: The Poems of Gracefield Public School. Her plays (Monarita, The Collectors, and The Hungriest Woman in the World) have appeared in juried festivals across the country, among them: New Ideas (Toronto), the Women's Work Festival (St. John's), and Sarasvati FemFest (Winnipeg). Shannon's plays have all been developed in St. John's, Newfoundland, thanks to the Women's Work Festival, where she has returned with a new script-in-progress five times since 2009.