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Snare Books is thrilled to announce that Natalie Zina
Walschots is the winner of the 1st annual Robert
Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Her manuscript,
Thumbscrews, will be published in the fall of 2007 by
Thumbscrews is a poetic engagement with the aesthetics
of sadomasochism and consensual pain. It employs the
techniques of mannerist poetry to constrain language
as ropes, cuffs, or shackles that might be used to
constrain the body. Each poem can be taken as a
miniature sadomasochistic encounter where language is
tied up, beaten, and twisted into submission. This
book abuses language; language begs for it.
Thumbscrews engages with the sexual subculture of BDSM
in content as well as in form. It explores the erotic
’scene’ and the prevalence of role-playing in the
kinky bedroom, examines various settings as
‘pervertable’ locations, and chronicles a series
of embarassing trips to the emergency room. Poems are
shaped from the hobbled language of email, visual
representations of pain, and odes to various implements. Thumbscrews is a dirty-minded, sticky-fingered book.
Snare Books is an Montreal-based literary publisher dedicated to innovative writing.