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Magenta Soul Whip

About the Book

Verses, essays, confessions, reports, translations, drafts, treatises, laments and utopias, 1995–2007. Collected by Elisa Sampedrin.

Lisa Robertson writes poems that mine the past — its ideas, its personages, its syntax — to construct a lexicon of the future. Her poems both court and cuckold subjectivity by unmasking its fundament of sex and hesitancy, the coil of doubt in its certitude. Reading her laments and utopias, we realise that language — whiplike — casts ahead of itself a fortuitous form. The form brims here pleasurably with dogs, movie stars, broths, painting's detritus, Latin and pillage. Erudite and startling, the poems in Lisa Robertson's Magenta Soul Whip, occasional works written over the past fifteen years, turn vestige into architecture, chagrin into resplendence. In them, we recognise our grand, saddened century.

Magenta Soul Whip
About the Author

Lisa Robertson’s books of poetry include XEclogue, Debbie: An Epic (nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 1998), The Weather (winner of the Relit Award for Poetry in 2002), The Men and, recently, Lisa Robertson's Magenta Soul Whip. The University of California Press published Rousseau's Boat in Spring 2010. She currently teaches at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and is currently the writer in residence at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.

Lisa Robertson