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Posted: Monday January 20, 2014
Natalie Simpson
[image: Natalie Simpson, 2013]

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Natalie Simpson’s poetry has appeared in several anthologies, including Post-Prairie (Talonbooks, 2005), Shift & Switch (Mercury Press, 2005), Shy (University of Alberta Press, 2013), and The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2013 (Tightrope). She practices pro bono law in Calgary, Alberta and curates filling Station magazine’s flywheel Reading Series. Her first book of poetry, accrete or crumble, was published by LINEbooks in 2006.

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“a heady mix of the silly and profane … Simpson tends to coil out the languages of public communication, whether casual or legalistic, to examine their absurdities … or even their accidental grace.”
Winnipeg Free Press

“The intellectually playful tone of the collection will recommend it to anyone interested in language and its uses. … Thrum represents an important contribution to contemporary language poetry and is a must-read for those with an interest in Canadian examples of such work.”
Bull Calf

“Reader, writer, and language are elusive. … She intriguingly reconfigures parts of speech”
Canadian Literature

“In Thrum, Simpson deftly tugs at the ‘ragged edge of nuance,’ unravels language into a gorgeous heap. Though it is undone, it isn’t a mess: she finds the scraps that make elegant sense, holds all the slippery bits together with loose, precise stitches. Simpson shakes the word out until it thrums with energy, nearly spits static. The more time I spend with these poems, the more their rewards unfurl. A collection to keep close by, to remind that wonders are still being worked in the world.”
– Sachiko Murakami

“Natalie Simpson’s poetry arrives as a cacophonous roiling of sense, softly advocating we ‘Break out of our shall.’ In Thrum, she foregrounds the strangeness of the quotidian, mining headlines and contracts to reveal our grasping for mastery in language. She urges us to persevere against our self-imposed stricture, drawing words and phrases from the murk of their material and sounding them against each other until they shiver and crumble. Thrum introduces us to the stranger in ourselves.”
– Jason Christie

“The language of Thrum bears no burden of meaning. Its language is not about the word’s practical design, but its most subtle frequencies. It is seen and sounded. Simpson’s lines torque as she breaks down the borders between words. The reader participates in these unfamiliar lines, delights in the hum of
these fluent heaps of fragments. Thrum is the utterance whose combinations order the reader to, as Wittgenstein would say, ‘stare and gape.’ Thrum is a solution for the problem of poetry.”
– Paul Zits

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