The Missing Field

By Jennifer Zilm

The Missing Field
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Jennifer Zilm's poetry collection, The Missing Field, concerns themes of translation, preservation and the engagement with the transitory documents of everyday life, whether a snapshot of a Vancouver bus, postcards from the Middle East, lecture notes on Euripides, a van Gogh ... Read more


Overview

Jennifer Zilm's poetry collection, The Missing Field, concerns themes of translation, preservation and the engagement with the transitory documents of everyday life, whether a snapshot of a Vancouver bus, postcards from the Middle East, lecture notes on Euripides, a van Gogh museum catalogue or marginalia in a water-damaged collection of Rilke poems.

Jennifer Zilm

Jennifer Zilm has done time in libraries, social housing and detoxes. She is the author of the two previous collections Waiting Room (Book*hug, 2016) which was shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and The Missing Field (Guernica Editions, 2018) which was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award.

Excerpt

Hey you!--this postcard, like every other, is just fragment / of a larger journey. Stepping over the threshold / of the plane, I entered this hot room / of a country. Seen entire the desert seems soft / but the sand is sharp to touch, like turning / hard snow with bare hands when I was a small girl. -- From "Postcard: a desert sestina"

Reviews

Waiting Room: Zilm encourages readers to engage a bit more than normal in the activity of reading. She dares readers to find beauty in the leftover and the unfinished, in the margins.

Geoffrey Nilson, CV2

Throughout the exploration of different types of documentation and archives, the author investigates how we document and archive ourselves, where we leave our marks and how we mark ourselves.

The Malahat Review

Waiting Room is compelling, gripping, and familiar. It is a valuable contribution to the documentary tradition in Canadian poetry.

Ryan Cox, Canadian Literature

For a first book, Waiting Room demonstrates Jennifer Zilm’s already strong talent and insight. She joins a large number of fine young poets emerging in 21st century Canada … the book achieves a bleak yet open grandeur.

Douglas Balfour, Electric Ruckus

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