In this heart-twisting collection of short stories, Daniel Scott Tysdal delves deep into the human experience. From the middle-aged man involved in a suicide cult to the young woman trying to write a poem for a friend who has recently died, to the daughter of a man who loses everything on a theme park, these stories are filled with beautifully drawn and often profoundly flawed characters. Throughout the collection, Tysdal looks unflinchingly at the darkness of society, at suicide, at internet trolls, at violence, but the powerful empathy of his writing brings significance to even the most tragic moments. These stories have intricate and unexpected plots, filmic descriptions and crisp writing, but what will stay with the reader is the way Wave Forms and Doom Scrolls breaks the reader's heart and then puts it back together again filled with compassion for these lost souls.
Daniel Scott Tysdal is the author of two previous books of poetry, The Mourner's Book of Albums and Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method, winner of the ReLit Award for Poetry, the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award, and the John V. Hicks Award. Tysdal's poems have also appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. His book The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems was recently published by Oxford University Press. He teaches English at the University of Toronto Scarborough.
"Daniel Scott Tysdal's Wave Forms and Doom Scrolls is a transformative work. Each story builds up inside you bit by bit before cresting through you, over you, taking you to places you didn't expect to go, and leaving you changed. In this collection, Tysdal turns his generous poetic attention to those stories and characters we often look right past in our daily lives – weaving their sadness, rage and violence into beautiful art that stays with you long after you close the book. Tysdal is one of those rare writers whose stories change the way we look at the world. " – SJ Sindu, author of Blue-Skinned Gods and Marriage of a Thousand Lies
"Here's a collection of stories that is part experiment, part essay, part movie adaptation all within the boundaries of prose, in this form-bending fiction debut. Waves Forms and Doom Scrolls is the voice of that passionately nosy neighbour, or that keenly observant professor, or that guilty bystander, who, like the rest of us, is trying to make sense of what keeps people here. It's eerie and thoughtful, with a hint of horror and cinema verite, making a painter, director and composer out of Daniel Tysdal. True to his origin, this is the work of a hyphenated poet. " – Tea Mutonji, author of Shut Up You're Pretty and winner of the 2020 Trillium Book Award