How Festive the Ambulance

CBC’s 15 Must-Read Poetry Collections
Includes a Best Canadian Poetry 2016 Selection

In this debut poetry collection, incantations, mythical creatures and extreme violence illuminate small scenes of domestic life and the banal tragedies of modern love and modern death. A sharp edge of humour slices through Fu’s poetry, drawing attention to the distance between contemporary existence and the basic facts of life. Alternating between incisive wit and dark beauty, Fu brings the rich symbolism of fairy tales to bear on our image-obsessed age. These poems are utterly of-the-moment, capturing the rage, irony and isolation of the era we live in.

READ EXCERPTS

at The Rusty Toque: The Pig Man Poems and Three Poems

at Numero Cinq: Three Poems

at Roll of Nickels: BC Poetry 2016 Preview

Reviews

“Exquisite to behold. The book is eminently quotable and shockingly accomplished. Everything within warrants praise.”

“Fu never holds back and she punches with authority…highly imaginative in content and form.”

—Quill and Quire

“Fu’s poems brim with startling imagery [and her] lines crackle with confidence.”

“Fu proves herself a rising master of the many-edged sword of metaphor and emotion. Her poems often combine deep sorrow with quiet, playful humour, leaving the reader grinning and tearful.”

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