By (author): Elizabeth Bachinsky

Introduction by: K. Mohammad

Still tired of the same old Can Lit? Had your fill of The Beautiful Poetry? You’re not alone. For those of you who missed it the first time, BookThug is pleased to RE/present West Coast poet Elizabeth Bachinsky’s first full-length collection of poems, CURIO: Grotesques and Satires From The Electronic Age.

CURIO: Grotesques & Satires From the Electronic Age is Elizabeth Bachinsky’s ellusive first book of poetry. Published just prior to Home of Sudden Service, a collection that went so far in another direction as to be nominated for a Governor General’s Award in 2006, CURIO offers a very different view of what Bachinsky is capable of as a poet, and invites her readers to consider a much wider vision of her work as a whole. No one can truly hope to understand her work without reading this volume.

Witness Antonin Artaud climbing a beanstalk and eating his lover’s foot, as his most torrid affair is revealed in letters; fear the Spy Cam’s omniscient eye; test your paranoiac tendencies as an alien abductee; watch as The Waste Land and The River Merchant’s Wife hit the blender; rejoice in poems without people, poems without authors, and poems with no audience. Informed by the writings of the 20th century’s (and even the 21st’s!) most eclectic authors, CURIO is quirky and sly—an ironic mixture simultaneously engaged with formal innovation and a retro avant garde that heralded the arrival of a brave new poet.


Elizabeth Bachinsky

Elizabeth Bachinsky is the author of four collections of poetry: CURIO, Home of Sudden Service, God of Missed Connections, and The Hottest Summer in Recorded History (forthcoming, 2013). Her work has been nominated for awards including the Pat Lowther Award and the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, She lives in Vancouver where she is an instructor of creative writing and the Editor of EVENT magazine.


“Her work can straddle both sides: formal and experimental, personal and mathematical, with a keen ear for the erotically ridiculous.” —The Globe and Mail

“The range of diction in these poems is wild, the diversity of influence deliciously idiosyncratic. How often have we seen John Milton and Lisa Robertson acknowledged between the same covers? Bachinsky’s willingness to range fearlessly through history sets her writing apart—or at least, places it in the company of equally daring poets like Robertson, Maine’s Jennifer Moxley, and Eliot himself.” —Fieldstone Review

“Bachinsky proves herself to be a versatile, skilled poet unafraid to shake things up.” —The Globe and Mail

“Through anagram, pillage, plunder and other structural plays, Curio enacts a wonderful revenge on expectation.” —Canadian Literature

“Bachinsky writes for us, the inheritors of a debased estate in which the last elegiac strains are heard chiefly as canned schmaltz piped into the corridors.” —K. Silem Mohammad


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120 Pages
9.00in * 6.00in * .30in


March 25, 2009


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