We Like Feelings. We Are Serious.
128 pages | ISBN 978-1-928088-69-1
In a powerful combination of prose poems, graphica, lyric poems and lyric essays, Julie McIsaac's new book is at once fiercely political, intimate and hilarious. We Like Feelings. We Are Serious. is an exploded view of contemporary feminism, sex, loss, beauty myths, self-doubt, psychology, menstruation, resistance, family and love. Intellectually dazzling, emotionally lavish and allergic to bullshit, this is a book that is timely, refreshing and wholly original.
"I feel as though I read Julie McIsaac's We Like Feelings. We Are Serious. while holding my breath. Vertiginous and searing, disruptive and dissenting, this collection takes on our long neo-liberal moment rife with misogyny, racism and that ugly affect of boredom + overwhelm that Sianne Ngai called 'stuplimity.' Working at the interstices of genre, McIsaac worries the repressive archiving impulse of patriarchy, troubles the narrowness of the collective pronoun 'we,' works through ordinary affects towards sincerity, but is gnawed at by the compulsory performance of irony in a world that is so desperate for empathy and softness."
– Erin Wunker, author of Notes from a Feminist Killjoy
"McIsaac's work is searing, relentlessly tense, sharp and daring with clear-eyed defiance. Dauntless, it bristles with fury, and irreverent badass wit. This multifarious collection embodies a singularly shocking voice. It makes visible the tyrannies of women’s experience: the hidden, the invisibilized and the erased. There is no silencing here – We Like Feelings. We Are Serious. catches in your throat."
– Sandra Ridley, author of Silvija
Praise for Julie McIsaac
"In Julie McIsaac, a 32-year-old Hamilton political activist and author, our region has found its poet.... The work is brilliant." – Hamilton Spectator
"Whether they're working in a Dilbert-like telesales office or a giant toy store, our dejected protagonists try to navigate tedious jobs and the start of uncertain futures." – Montreal Review of Books on Entry Level
We like Feelings. We are Serious. (Catherine Owen, Marrow Reviews, 11/12/2018)
"Repeated drawings of a woman inserting a tampon, visual evidence of feminist archives, as well as the resulting forms of interview, notation, speeches, and harangues, then meddlings with the sonnet as grocery list, a long dramatic monologue on an obsessive masturbator [...] and pieces of First World Context, all called 'It Could be Worse,' provide incessant shifts in perspective, voice and focus, most of them shuddering with underlying infuriation, such as we all should feel over how so much of who we truly are, as woman, has been quashed by the patriarchy."
15 Canadian collections of poetry to watch for this fall (CBC Books, 09/08/2018)
"What it's about: We Like Feelings. We Are Serious. combines poetry with essays and illustrations to create a powerful collection that explores womenhood in 2018 and all that comes with it: feminism, bodily functions, sex, love, family and more."
Read an excerpt of We Like Feelings. We Are Serious.
About the Author
Julie McIsaac is a writer, artist, maker and momma with years of experience teaching writing at advanced levels. She’s worked in Hamilton, Toronto, Montreal and New York City. While living in NYC, she hosted several salons in her home and loved bringing together creative people in informal spaces. That’s one of the reasons she started hosting writing workshops in Hamilton. Her first book, Entry Level, was published with Insomniac Press in 2012. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario.