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Carnal, flamboyant, visceral and bold, Table Manners is a rich meal. Catriona Wright’s debut introduces us to the image of the poet as “gastronaut,” a figure who seems to live entirely between table and a stove and who steeps her surroundings and relationships in complex emotional flavours. “My life,” she writes, “is now tuned to bone marrow donuts and chef gossip. I’m use ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published September 1st 2017 by Signal Editions
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Sep 12, 2017 Margaryta rated it really liked it
I never thought so much can be written about food, and in such a diverse way. I honestly expected a litany of beautiful images, names of dishes, and things of the sort when I first picked up the collection, worried the poems would lack substance. Wright proved me completely wrong. The emotional and cultural weight was present in each individual piece, whether touching on traditions in Greenland, presenting the heavy and emotional subject of Hitler's taste testers, or presenting the ridiculousnes ...more
This is a must for readers who like to stimulate all five of their senses, or who enjoy culinary fiction and other related genres (a guilty pleasure of mine). I've never read prose-poetry quite like this; what a relief it is when a new writer isn't pretentious or preachy about the meaning of love and heartache, and instead wants to delve into the human Id so to speak. I'm not going to say it was *amazing,* but it was definitely refreshing. I will be on the lookout for her next book.
Catriona Wright is the author of the poetry collection Table Manners (Véhicule Press, 2017) and the short story collection Difficult People (Nightwood Editions, 2018). Her short stories have appeared in Geist, Joyland, Grain, The New Quarterly, and Room. Her poems have appeared in The Walrus, American Poetry Review, Fiddlehead, and Lemon Hound, and they have been anthologized in The Next Wave: An ...more