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Thin Slices

‘Gripping and eviscerating [...] deeply concerned with lives, and poetry, as relational, while being willing to experiment with form. Here “the personal is political” in a rapid and whirling array of truths, taking on a kaleidoscope of potentially fatal colours. These poems glow like a nighttime bridge in a great city-port, or like the imagining of a Dutch master painter, or like the bioluminescence of life-forms known dearly by scientists. They are beautifully intelligent, and seem to grow into being as they are read. Stobie's lyrical and visual craftsmanship gives these poems strong force, gently applied. A child's trip to the aquarium, a lover's memory spanning oceans, the troublesome and glorious business of leaky bodies: in each scene and situation, the poet tendrils and tunnels a kind, startling way.’ 
Anthony Vahni Capildeo

‘Startlingly vivid, tender, and surprising, once I began Thin Slices I couldn’t stop. Caitlin Stobie has written a collection that is at once far-ranging and intimate in both its subject matter and voice. Ecological and bodily in its energy, this book carries us from South Africa to Leeds via oceans and swimming pools and the magnetized view of a membrane. Stobie expertly cuts through public and private spaces and sits us amongst women in hospital waiting rooms and with lovers in a new embrace. Drenched in colour and full of texture and smell, these are poems to be relished and savoured again and again. And yet within this richness Thin Slices takes on difficult and deeply personal subject matter and handles it with sensitivity and grace. Stobie offers an unflinching and precise gaze on everything she examines. Each poem invites us to look and feel on a microscopic level, and to find beauty and revelation in the thin slices of the world that are laid out before us. I love every bit of this remarkable collection.’ 
Hannah Copley

‘These are poems of wit and intelligence. Stobie succeeds artfully in navigating between deep personal feeling and sophisticated formal design. The poems call to be enjoyed again and again.’


– Kobus Moolman