Tenth Anniversary Edition
The Emily Valentine Poems, Zoe Whittall’s second collection of poetry, challenges the impossible notions of femininity that permeate our culture. The texts within include self-portraits, prose poems, fake fan letters, and confessional lyric snapshots. These are pharmaceutically enhanced tributes to the hangovers of twenty-something love and to the pop icons from an unconventional 1980s childhood. With The Emily Valentine Poems, Zoe Whittall offers up the perfect soundtrack for the culturally literate rebel in all of us.
Zoe Whittall is the author of four novels, most recently The Best Kind of People (House of Anansi, 2016) and Holding Still for as Long as Possible (Anansi, 2010). She published her third collection of poetry, Precordial Thump, in 2008 with Exile Editions. She works as a TV writer and novelist in Toronto.
“This reminds me that I would like to know everything about this person.” — Eileen Myles
“Whittall’s big sense of humour is the under-coat on all these poems but it doesn’t take much reminding that the serious side of Zoe Whittall is stone cold.” — Michael Dennis
“Zoe Whittall’s poems are snake bite cures masquerading as candy.” — RM Vaughan
“Zoe Whittall might just be the cockiest, brashest, funniest, toughest, most life-affirming, elegant, scruffy, no-holds-barred writer to emerge from Montreal since Mordecai Richler…” — The Globe and Mail
“Zoe Whittall’s book of poetry begins with a sense of frustration: ‘You have love and the word love, but the two will never meet.’ Once into this attractively packaged collection, you can quickly deem Whittall’s frustration with language unnecessary. Her words, dense with meaning, flow in such a serene manner that they beg to be read aloud. With these words, Whittall transforms you into a shameless voyeur, peering into the speaker’s strangest emotions and wildest weekends.” – Broken Pencil
“Zoe Whittall’s works in The Emily Valentine Poems will have you smiling, sneering, smirking, and just plain irking in no time at all.” – Black Heart Magazine
“Whittal is able to compactly reveal the sadness, anxiety, madness, and desire of her poetic subjects, using potent imagery and dark humour.” – Montreal Review of Books