Rachel Zolf is an alias for a writer with several past identities, including: bartender, documentary producer, office cleaner, sax player, crisis worker, corporate copy hack, university dropout, Toronto Year 2003 West Nile Virus Case #22, activist, analysand and shortstop. The title long poem from Zolf’s first book, Her absence, this wanderer, was a finalist for the CBC Literary Competition. She lives in Toronto, and also serves as poetry editor for The Walrus magazine. Masque is her second book.
Masqueby Rachel Zolf
A vibrant collage of voices, Masque plays with the personal and the persona in a challenging exploration of media constructs and their effects on one family’s private life. Stretching the limits of poetry, Masque features a cast of twenty-five, including the father, the sister, the philosopher, the Jew, Germaine Greer, the fan, the lesbian, and/i>/i>
A vibrant collage of voices, Masque plays with the personal and the persona in a challenging exploration of media constructs and their effects on one family’s private life. Stretching the limits of poetry, Masque features a cast of twenty-five, including the father, the sister, the philosopher, the Jew, Germaine Greer, the fan, the lesbian, and the writer. Zolf weaves found text with poetry, creating rich, often humourous, tableaux that resonate with colourful characters and surprising insights into the fraught spaces where the public stops and the private begins.
"Rachel Zolf’s Masque is a fabulous antidote to the high moralism of the tediously common family-implosion narrative. I’d call this gem-like layered book space poetry, where text shatters the page and the speaking subject the bits of received family wisdom and wisdom’s progenitors exploding in black and grey like the Tower in the Tarot deck. Masque hides a greater promise of love and communication than any teleological narrative long poem. Original, intelligent and courageous." Gail Scott
"Masque is an unnerving text, part polemic, part cri de coeur: the scattered lines, the violently interrupted voices, whispering, shouting, jostling one another, the traumatic past and reflective present painfully and inextricably bound together, add up to a charged battle for new relational and iterative ground. Here is where a formidable history of trauma gets turned around, in a woman’s fierce, playful standoff with it, transformed by her rage and love." Di Brandt
"Calling Masque a straightforward bildungsroman would be like calling Nicole Brossard’s Mauve Desert a travel book. Masque is a rich and layered confection as informed by linguistic playfulness as it is by the confessional. Zolf proves that there are ways to write about the familiar and the familial that handily defeat both terms." R.M. Vaughan
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