Kathryn Mockler's latest book:
a collaboration with David Poolman
How do we exist in a world that may have already moved on without us?
Some Theories is a collection of drawings, little stories, poems, plays, and one-liners that explore failure, dread, resignation, and the end of the world.
Jonathan Ball on Some Theories:
Kathryn Mockler and David Poolman’s Some Theories offers prose poems and dialogues filled with stark, existential terror.
"People with children do not want to listen to your theories about the end of the world. Ghosts do not want to hear from the living." Mockler’s writing is set against drawings by Poolman: a man balancing a cinder block on his head; a dead duck; surrealistic juxtapositions of fish, balloons and shoes; and so on.
The result is a strange, unusual book, which casts out one dark concept after another, but still offers moments of humour. "Apparently no one wants a troublemaker. / Think about your bones. / Does the new earth have bananas and Evangelicals?"
Coupled with Poolman’s elegant, half-comic and half-horrific drawings, Mockler’s despairing poems mock their own despair.
Mockler and Poolman are unique talents with a startling voice.
The Winnipeg Free Press, November 25, 2017
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.
Carl Watts reviews The Purpose Pitch in Canadian Literature
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