Poetry. Poems that skitter between life and death, "sleep and hurry," at their heart a kind of tender panic. By turns funny, frank, mysterious, and heartbreaking, STANDING IN THE FLOCK OF CONNECTIONS, Heather Cadsby's fifth collection of poetry, is one hundred proof associative thought. These poems testify to the human mind's capacity to "do"—taking into account all of the performative, causal, athletic, and sexual connotations of that verb. Many of them come in on an overheard conversation or monologue—mid-fight, mid-stride—and the absent details and specifics often function to open up a space for things to become other things, for the flock of connections to swarm.
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Heather Cadsby was born in Belleville, Ontario, and moved to Toronto at a young age. She obtained a BA degree from McMaster University and taught elementary school for a number of years. In the 1980s she helped organize poetry readings at the Axle-Tree Coffee House in Toronto. A co-founder of the poetry press Wolsak and Wynn, she has recently served as a director of the Art Bar Poetry Series. STANDING IN THE FLOCK OF CONNECTIONS (2018) is her fifth poetry collection and second from Brick Books, which also published COULD BE (2009).Author City: Toronto, ON CAN