Feature Friday is back and just in time for the start of a long summer weekend. Today we’re pleased to bring you an excerpt from Beautiful Children With Pet Foxes, the third poetry book by Giller Prize-longlisted author Jennifer LoveGrove. The poems in this collection bear witness to moments of extreme crisis and take you on an odyssey through a terrain of startling dreamscapes. They are haunted by the ghosts of alienation, trauma, delusion, and fear that the past decade has instilled in us. Here you will encounter a whole host of personas, both tame and wild—from humans, to foxes, moose, deer and crows, slugs, fish, beetles, mosquitos, earthworms, and more—who give voice to the things we can’t express in our daily lives.
Former BookThug Intern Melissa Myers recently sat down with Jennifer to discuss Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes and the importance of place and process in her writing. You can read their interview here.
Praise for Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes
“Jennifer LoveGrove’s Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes also stretches the possibility of lyric expression with a dreamlike twist.” —Domenica Martinello, The Globe and Mail
“In Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes, language splits the ambient lighting into its hidden constituent parts. The result is a world that shimmers with the strangeness that it always really had.” —Geoffrey Morrison, The Rusty Toque
Excerpt from Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes
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Jennifer LoveGrove is the author of the Giller Prize–longlisted novel Watch How We Walk, as well as two poetry collections: I Should Never Have Fired the Sentinel and The Dagger Between Her Teeth. In 2010, LoveGrove was nominated for the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature and in 2015, her poetry was shortlisted for the Lit POP Awards. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications across North America. She divides her time between downtown Toronto and rural Ontario.