Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
The human body is a world. How it contains all that it does, how it is altered, and how it is transformed after death are the concerns of Quick, a new collection of poetry from one of Canada’s most exciting poets. From the shock of a near-fatal car accident to a meditation on the body as one world within other, larger worlds, the book becomes an anatomy in itself.



–are you all right are you hurt can you move how clearly men speak
through the blown-out window undo the seat belt undo the seat belt
and fall headfirst into the rain pulled from a wrecked car the side
of the road scarlet apples rolling here there each one a miniature
emergency a...
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“Simpson’s intelligent poetic language renders, in three dimensions, images of compelling resonance. . . .”
Quill & Quire

“In this new collection, Anne Simpson’s voice is instantly recognizable. The poetics of distancing ‘how does love make itself so small?/ small as an eye-tooth, tissue-thin’ hold in check deeply felt emotion, and this tension brings the poems to a new level of intensity. . . . These are poems of extraordinary range, intelligence and empathy.”
- Pat Lowther Memorial Award jury citation