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The poems employ highly specialized language, using constraints based on the speech patterns and brutality of their subjects. While the language is highly technical and dense, it becomes witty, intimate, and even erotic in its specificity. These poems address the results of abuses of power and taken together present a case study in the pathology of super-villainy.
Praise for Thumbscrews:
"Natalie Zina Walschots [is] a writer who engages with the aesthetics of sadomasochism in order to generate elegant, sensual poetry that writhes inside the shackles of its own linguistic constraint... [she] treats each poem as a miniature, theatrical tableau—a “passion play,” in which she forces language to submit to her will, beating its grammar into a stupor of ecstatic nonsense."
-- Christian Bök, The Poetry Foundation
Natalie Zina Walschots' first book of poetry Thumbscrews (2007) won the inaugural Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Her poetry has appeared widely in literary magazines including Carousel, Broken Pencil, dANDelion, Open Letter, Rampike, Matrix and dead gender. She holds an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Calgary and was the Managing Editor of both filling Station and dANDelion
magazines. Walschots writes about music for Hellbound.ca, Alternative Matter, Angry Metal Guy, About Heavy Metal and Exclaim!. She is the Managing Editor of Canada Arts Connect, reviews editor for THIS Magazine, and co-founder of Golden Spruce Entertainment. She lives in Toronto. Visit her online at www.nataliezed.ca