A collection of poetry that tackles queer identity in rural Canada
Sadie McCarney’s first full-length poetry collection grapples with mourning, coming of age, and queer identity against the backdrop of rural and small-town Atlantic Canada. Ranging from pellet-gunned backyard butterflies to a chorus of encroaching ghosts, Live Ones celebrates the personal and idiosyncratic aspects of death, seeing them as intimately wedded to lives well-lived. Personal myth-making collides with grocery shopping, ancient history turns out to be alive and well in modern-day Milford, Nova Scotia, and the complexities of queer female desire call out to us from beyond the grave.
In McCarney’s exuberant imagination, the past, present, and future rarely stay where they’re put.
"With the prismatic eye of a witch-blessed Alden Nowlan, Sadie McCarney sculpts a hard-won beauty into the passion of her lines." ~Marilyn Bowering, author, Threshold and The Alchemy of Happiness
"McCarney writes with photographic intensity and a lilting ear: bumblebee, lime, chokeweed, toucan, ‘the dead, but once or twice removed. ’ Live Ones is a book rife with honesty, vulnerability, and a stark ability to transform even the most minute of objects into dancing flora." ~oshua Whitehead, author, full-metal indigiqueer
"Crosses between the quotidian and the fantastical...these poems hook you with the first line." ~Kathy Mac, author, Human Misunderstanding