No other Canadian writer is as thoroughly conversant with the fertile tradition of surrealism as Beatriz Hausner. She bestows the imaginative energy and erotic power behind this abundantly creative way of seeing on every poem in Sew Him Up: stitching together intelligent invention and free-flowing intuition in one charged, open-ended packet after another. What was domesticated breaks its shackles and runs wild; devotion to friends and family remodels a ferocious tenderness.
Beatriz Hausner has published several poetry collections, including The Wardrobe Mistress, Sew Him Up, and Enter the Raccoon. Selected poems and chapbooks of hers have been published internationally and translated into several languages. Hausner is a respected historian and translator of Latin American Surrealism, with recent essays published in The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism in 2019. Her translations of César Moro, the poets of Mandrágora, as well as essays and fiction by legends like Aldo Pellegrini and Eugenio Granell have exerted an important influence on her work. Hausner's history of advocacy in Canadian literary culture is also well known: she has worked as a literary programmer in Toronto, her hometown, and was Chair of the Public Lending Right Commission. She is currently President of the Literary Translators' Association of Canada, a position she held twice before.
In the BeginningIn the beginningwas cat usher ofa new age of doorsthat curl at the cornersgadgets for loving oncomplicated furniturecollapsing intopillows and sheets.His legs preceded himthey turned on wirelessfingertips looked insidethe eyes of first cat ashe struggled withbeasts large and smallbarking at our union.The room was cleansedof ghosts and dependents.Everyone welcomed his clawsthe ones he used to etchmy name deep into the walls.Thus was an alphabet offoreign tongues conceivedthe better to decipherthe purring of ideal man.
"To be simultaneously fleshy and ghostly, what a feat! These words link to each other through blood sometimes, sometimes through air, just like a body, but what sort of body? You can find out only by reading the whole imperative, Sew Him Up, which manifests its invisble exclamation point with energy and finesse."