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The Purpose Pitch
Drawing from a range of contemporary poetic traditions, The Purpose Pitch explores the overlap between narrative, pop culture, and the political. These poems are often funny, sometimes harrowing, and always unsettling. Through rants, narrative prose poems, absurdist dialogues, brutal police reports, invented biographies of real people, Google search results, and celebrity-interview mash-ups, Mockler shows us just how Boschian Western culture is in the twenty-first century.
Natalie Zina Walschots reviews The Purpose Pitch in This Magazine
Kimmy Beach reviews The Purpose Pitch on Canadian Poetries
Frank Davey reviews The Purpose Pitch
Jonathan Ball reviews The Purpose Pitch over at the Winnipeg Free Press
Mitchell Caplan interviews me about The Purpose Pitch on CHUO FM
Lisa de Nikolits interviews me about The Purpose Pitch for All Lit Up
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Reviewers on Kathryn Mockler
“Here we are in the presence of subjects and predicates wielded bravely in the plain language of telling, as inherited, absorbed, reflected in the ‘family of work’ that includes, among others, Lydia Davis, J. Robert Lennon, and Richard Brautigan. Mockler’s first lines set worlds into motion…”
—Stephen Osborne, Geist
“Mockler’s skill with language and narrative beat lends itself well to these unapologetic poems… There is heart and terrific depth in this work.”
—Rayanne Doucet, Canadian Poetries
“Mockler’s bold, brilliant poems brim with shock and surprise.”
—Jonathan Ball, Winnipeg Free Press