Charlottetown poet Sadie McCarney’s forthcoming debut collection, Live Ones (University of Regina Press), will be launched at Bookmark in Charlottetown on September 29. All are welcome to come and meet Sadie and hear her read.
Live Ones is already generating waves and praise from peers such as Joshua Whitehead and Kathy Mac, as well as being excerpted in The Walrus and the Literary Review of Canada.
“Live Ones is a book rife with honesty, vulnerability, and a stark ability to transform even the most minute of objects into dancing flora.”—Joshua Whitehead, author of full-metal indigiqueer
“Crosses between the quotidian and the fantastical…these poems hook you with the first line.”—Kathy Mac, author of Human Misunderstanding
Sadie McCarney’s first full-length poetry collection grapples with mourning, coming of age, and queer identity against the backdrop of rural and smalltown Atlantic Canada. Ranging from pellet-gunned backyard butterflies to a chorus of encroaching ghosts, Live Ones celebrates the personal and idiosyncratic aspects of death, seeing them as intimately wedded to lives well-lived. Personal myth-making collides with grocery shopping, ancient history turns out to be alive and well in modern-day Milford, Nova Scotia, and the complexities of queer female desire call out to us from beyond the grave.
Sadie McCarney’s poetry has appeared in various publications such as Plenitude, Grain, Prairie Fire, The Malahat Review, The Puritan, Room, and The Best Canadian Poetry in English. Sadie lives in Charlottetown. This is her first book.