Poetry. Women's Studies. Melanie Janisse-Barlow's second book of poetry, THICKET, is a treatise on the risk and uncertainties of language in the modern world. In poems that gather and collect force page after page, THICKET negotiates humankind's overwhelming desire to communicate, and the discomfort that comes with the process of entanglement/disentanglement. When Janisse-Barlow writes of a "thousand awkward conversations," she's working away at the knots of language, unraveling and recombining the threads to create self-styled lyric essays. THICKET is a linguistic tour de force.
Melanie Janisse-Barlow is a poet and artist. Her most recent book of poetry is THICKET (Palimpsest Press, 2019). Her collection of poetry, Orioles in the Oranges (Guernica, 2009), was listed for the Relit Award, and her essay poems, Detroit, were listed in Best American Essays (2013). She lives between her home in Windsor, Ontario and her wooden boat Kalinka in Toronto.Author City: WINDSOR, ON CAN