Magnetic Equator

Magnetic Equator

by Kaie Kellough


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An original, inventive—and visually stunning—exploration of place, identity, language, and experience from the acclaimed poet, novelist, and sound performer.



The poems in Kaie Kellough's third collection drift between South and North America. They seek their ancestry in Georgetown, Guyana, in the Amazon Rainforest, and in the Atlantic Ocean. They haunt the Canadian Prairie. They recall the 1980s in the suburbs of Calgary, and they reflect on the snowed-in, bricked-in boroughs of post-referendum Montréal. They puzzle their language together from the natural world and from the works of Caribbean and Canadian writers. They reassemble passages about seed catalogues, about origins, about finding a way in the world, about black ships sailing across to land. They struggle to explain a state of being hemisphered, of being present here while carrying a heartbeat from elsewhere, and they map the distances travelled.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780771043116
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.78(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

KAIE KELLOUGH is a novelist, poet, and sound performer. He is the author of the novels Dominoes at the Crossroads and Accordéon, which was a finalist for the First Novel Award, two books of poetry, Lettricity and Maple Leaf Rag, and two albums, Vox:Versus and Creole Continuum. He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, raised in Calgary, Alberta, and in 1998 moved to Montreal, Quebec where he now lives. He has performed and published internationally.

Read an Excerpt

an abandoned radio's static roars against the ocean

walking the seawall

thought and noise converge in a needle

shivering between stations

having traversed air, am i noise or am i here

From "exploding radio"

Table of Contents

Kaieteur falls 1

Mantra of no return 5

High school fever 17

Exploding radio 31

Bow 46

Zero degrees 49

Ghost notes 63

Alterity 73

Essequibo 90

The unity of worlds 93

Notes 101

Acknowledgements 103

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