Chris Turnbull’s long-awaited debut, the visual and multi-voice continua, displays a remarkable ease across genre and structural boundaries, as well as an ease in which repeated readings both simplify and expand the complexity of a poetic that could only be described as incredibly precise. continua is thick with physical description, scrape and sound, composing pockets of text placed very deliberately against a carved white space.
Chris Turnbull lives near Ottawa. Her short opti/surface work, “[ untitled ]” is one of a trio (with angela rawlings and Heather Hermant) in o w n (Cue Books, 2014). continua is her first full collection of poetry.
You know that language can start to be interesting even before you know where it is coming from. Then when you read Ms. Turnbull you keep saying, oh, what is this, this is going to tell us something. By then it is gone––or you are––after it, as slowly as you can go.—George Bowering