Introducing Tightrope Teaser Tuesday, where we give our readers the briefest of glimpses – teases, if you will – into our new, backlist, and forthcoming books. This week’s Teaser comes from Somewhere to Run From, a collection of poems by Toronto author Tara-Michelle Ziniuk. Challenging the notions of what a girl runs from, both literally and figuratively, Somewhere to Run From takes on complex settings from which to depart: poverty, pop and sub-culture, madness and normative sexuality among these locations.
Enjoy “It Must Be Stopped” by Tara-Michelle Ziniuk.
My mother calls every year on World AIDS Day
because I am “into that.”
She calls every year on Pride
and asks, “Isn’t it World AIDS day today, or something?”
One Chanukah she commits a cardinal gift-buying sin,
and gets me Clothes with Words on Them.
The clothes are pyjamas, printed 100 times all over the long pants and sleeves:
“Housework is Evil, It Must Be Stopped.”
“What! It’s like a protest. You like protests.”
Ladies and gentlemen: my mother.