Love in the Chthulucene (Cthulhucene)
112 pages | 978-1-928088-79-0
In a collection grappling with #MeToo, climate change and political turmoil, Natalee Caple strives to discover a way forward in charged times. These poems look to acknowledge struggle, to re-evaluate society and to rethink our approach to art. This is a challenging collection, but also a personal one. As Caple explains in her acknowledgements, she "wrote these poems as gifts." They were gifts to the people who have shaped her as a writer and a thinker, and now they are gifts to readers to show how one might try and find a way to keep creating that acknowledges the interconnectedness of all things, human and non-human.
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Complex, dark poems glimmer with hope (Johnathan Ball, Winnipeg Free Press, 25/05/2019)
"Caple offers complicated yet sincere, strange and dark poems that glitter with earned hopefulness in their secret, shadowy hearts."
Three from Buckrider Books/Wolsak & Wynn, 2019: #1 Natalee Caple (Catherine Owen, Marrow Reviews, 10/05/2019)
"Caple is what Annie Finch might proudly call a "post modern poetess," a writer concerned deeply with the gaps between pre-fab language and the random lavishness of the lived moments in a woman's marked body."
"How do we love when all around us is hate?" (RM Vaughan, THIS Magazine, 22/10/2019)
"I see racism and sexism as part of the human monsters we are, and that is the depths in ourselves we all have to confront. So I take full responsibility for the term Cthulhucene, for bringing the monster back."
Natalee Caple: My Writing Day (Natalee Caple, my (small press) writing day, 23/09/2019)
"To write I have to first put stuff in — it’s input input input output. So, when writing my feminist Western I would get up and watch a Western film and record the fragments of ideas that came to me watching. To write my recent book of poetry I filled myself up with other people's poetry and then I wrote the poems those poems wrote in me."
E143 with ALEXANDRA PASIAN and NATALEE CAPLE (Jamie Tennant, GET LIT, 14/08/2019)
Natalee talks about her new collection.
Two Poems from Love in the Chthulucene (Cthulhucene) (All Lit Up, 14/05/2019)
All Lit Up shares two poems from Natalee's collection.
Natalee Caple on the work of dub poet Lillian Allen, who 'embodies memory and future vision' (CBC Books, 23/04/2019)
"The separation between the personal, the political and the aesthetic never happens in these poems, that emphasize voice as an assertion of the right to live and to speak life."
Love in the Chthulucene (Cthulhucene) (CBC Books, 15/04/2019)
"These poems look to acknowledge struggle, to re-evaluate society and to rethink our approach to art. This is a challenging collection, but also a personal one."
Globe Books winter preview: 46 books to keep you warm on cold nights (Becky Toyne, The Globe & Mail, 11/01/2019)
Natalee's collection is listed in their winter preview.
Read an excerpt from Love in the Chthulucene (Cthulhucene)
Natalee Caple is the author of nine books of poetry and fiction. Her work has been nominated for the KM Hunter Award, the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award, the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, the ReLit Award and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Her latest novel, In Calamity’s Wake, was published in Canada by HarperCollins and in the US by Bloomsbury. The novel in translation was published by Boréal and has been sold separately for publication in France. Natalee is an associate professor at Brock University.