Shortlist year: 
2018
Shortlist category: 
Poetry
Published by: 
Giramondo Publishing

About the book

Book cover - Chatelaine by Bonny Cassidy.

Chatelaine is a collection of poems whose personae, like a family portrait, resemble one another in foxed, latent ways. Its voices stalk across time and space, inhabiting genres of riddle, fragment, confession, lyric and ekphrasis, returning to images of metamorphosis and possession. A chatelaine is the mistress of a castle or ancestral household, but in this collection's elegant but unruly house mysterious transformations occur, dreams project strange apparitions and landscapes, words twist and turn, references to tradition go hand-in-hand with sci-fi special effects and cinematic staging. The poems ask: who does this place belong to? Who comes as a visitor?