Quiet Night Think: Poems & Essays
Quiet Night Think is a stunning work.” — Madeleine Thien, author of Do Not Say We Have Nothing

“One function of the poet at any time is to discover by his own thought and feeling what seems to him to be poetry at that time,” writes Wallace Stevens. In Quiet Night Think, award-winning poet Gillian Sze expresses her own definition.

During the remarkable period of early parenthood, Sze’s new maternal role urges her to contemplate her own origins, both familial and artistic. Comprised of six personal essays, poems, and a concluding long poem, Quiet Night Think takes its title from a direct translation of an eighth-century Chinese poem by Li Bai, the subject of the opening essay. Sze’s memory of reading Li Bai’s poem as a child marks the beginning of an unshakable encounter with poetry. What follows is an intimate anatomization of her particular entanglement with languages and cultures.

In her most generically diverse book yet, Sze moves between poetry and prose, mother and writer, the lyrical and the autobiographical, all the while inviting readers to meditate with her on questions of emergence and transformation: What are you trying to be? Where does a word break off? What calls to us throughout the night?

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Quiet Night Think: Poems & Essays
Quiet Night Think is a stunning work.” — Madeleine Thien, author of Do Not Say We Have Nothing

“One function of the poet at any time is to discover by his own thought and feeling what seems to him to be poetry at that time,” writes Wallace Stevens. In Quiet Night Think, award-winning poet Gillian Sze expresses her own definition.

During the remarkable period of early parenthood, Sze’s new maternal role urges her to contemplate her own origins, both familial and artistic. Comprised of six personal essays, poems, and a concluding long poem, Quiet Night Think takes its title from a direct translation of an eighth-century Chinese poem by Li Bai, the subject of the opening essay. Sze’s memory of reading Li Bai’s poem as a child marks the beginning of an unshakable encounter with poetry. What follows is an intimate anatomization of her particular entanglement with languages and cultures.

In her most generically diverse book yet, Sze moves between poetry and prose, mother and writer, the lyrical and the autobiographical, all the while inviting readers to meditate with her on questions of emergence and transformation: What are you trying to be? Where does a word break off? What calls to us throughout the night?

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Quiet Night Think: Poems & Essays

Quiet Night Think: Poems & Essays

by Gillian Sze
Quiet Night Think: Poems & Essays

Quiet Night Think: Poems & Essays

by Gillian Sze

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Quiet Night Think is a stunning work.” — Madeleine Thien, author of Do Not Say We Have Nothing

“One function of the poet at any time is to discover by his own thought and feeling what seems to him to be poetry at that time,” writes Wallace Stevens. In Quiet Night Think, award-winning poet Gillian Sze expresses her own definition.

During the remarkable period of early parenthood, Sze’s new maternal role urges her to contemplate her own origins, both familial and artistic. Comprised of six personal essays, poems, and a concluding long poem, Quiet Night Think takes its title from a direct translation of an eighth-century Chinese poem by Li Bai, the subject of the opening essay. Sze’s memory of reading Li Bai’s poem as a child marks the beginning of an unshakable encounter with poetry. What follows is an intimate anatomization of her particular entanglement with languages and cultures.

In her most generically diverse book yet, Sze moves between poetry and prose, mother and writer, the lyrical and the autobiographical, all the while inviting readers to meditate with her on questions of emergence and transformation: What are you trying to be? Where does a word break off? What calls to us throughout the night?


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770416253
Publisher: Misfit Book
Publication date: 04/05/2022
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Gillian Sze is the author of multiple poetry collections, including Peeling Rambutan, Redrafting Winter, and Panicle, which were finalists for the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry. She resides in Montreal, where she teaches creative writing and literature.

Read an Excerpt

Somewhere
it unravels,
lands furled upon moss,

snagged in the spider’s web,
or sits dewed upon long blades of morning.

It breaks dormancy
roots and shoots
to meet tinselled cheeps
and the uncertain step of a fawn.

At each point

where cygnets touch nest, touch water,
or horns graze birch and brush,

is a whisper that flits forward,
glow upon glow,
affirming what’s buried beneath.

No one tells you
that the ark was made of light
each cubit knotted and dazzled

and while the world was daring to die
from each icicle and sprig

they came, two and two,
in them the breath of light.

Table of Contents

Instructions 1

Quiet Night Think 2

Fauna 7

Prayer 8

Ten Transitions 9

To Draw Water 13

Seize 23

Multiverse 24

Yard Work 25

Nursery 26

Perennials 27

Current 33

Wasaga 35

Babble 36

Sitting inside the Moon 37

Queen Mary Road 48

Kindling 49

Archaeology 50

Capricorn Onwards 51

The Hesitant Gaze 52

Above, the Geese 62

On Process 63

All I Have to Say 64

Inauguration 65

That World Inverted 66

Fricatives (A Visit) 72

Endnotes 89

Notes & Acknowledgements 91

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