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Tightrope Teaser Tuesday: Somewhere to Run From, by Tara-Michelle Ziniuk

By Tightrope Books | August 4th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

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.

Somewhere to Run From is available for purchase at your favourite indie bookstore, online at Amazon, or through our Orders page.

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.

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