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A "precordial thump" is a single punch to the center of the sternum, an attempt to start the heart. In Zoe Whittall’s third book of poetry, lies erode a relationship, romance blooms in the back of an ambulance and the poet examines the implied sincerity in confessional poetry. At the intersection of emergency medicine and emergency poetry, Whittall aims to break down the larger lies of poetic form and the smaller dishonesties within ourselves.

Zoe Whittall’s first novel, Bottle Rocket Hearts, was named one of the Best Books of 2007 by both the Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire. Following that, Now Magazine awarded her the title of "Best Emerging Author of 2007." Her previous two books of poetry are The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life and The Emily Valentine Poems. She has been anthologized in Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets. In 2008, she was the winner of the second annual Dayne Ogilvie award for emerging gay writers in Canada.

PRECORDIAL THUMP - Zoe Whittall
Poetry 6x9; 104 pages

978-1-55096-115-7

(tpb/laid paper) $19.95

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