The Missing Field

Shortlisted for the 2019 Pat Lowther Memorial Award

“The Missing Field captures the joy of observation, the observer yielding to the vastness that is this world with wonder. The poems travel far afield and yet manage to spin around the central axis of a Vancouver curled at the edges with both despair and love. Through both humour and pathos Zilm captures the sometimes absurd beauty of the quotidian.”
Pat Lowther Memorial Award Jury

“Each poem feels like plunging into a deep meditation and the whole book generates a sensation of stillness… Zilm is preoccupied with cataloguing the emotional landscapes underpinning lost moments… While Zilm’s book is playful with form and voice… and concerned with transient pieces… her approach gives weight to everything, lets it feel like part of something cohesive and thoughtful, delivered with deftness and gentleness.”
-Ben Rawluk, Poetry is Dead

“investigates how we document and archive ourselves, where we leave our marks and how we mark ourselves. The majority of poems in this collection are deliciously complex and pleasurable to read… the poems centred on the intellectual landscapes of documents and ephemera—the material places where our thoughts live—are endlessly intricate and beautiful.”
-Rose Morris, The Malahat Review

“poems that are at once headily intellectual and firmly grounded in the minutiae of lived experience… work[ing] through surprising and unexpected juxtapositions, linking distant places, separate events, and disparate ideas… This is also a lyrical book that is as attuned to the sounds of words as it is to their origins and content.”
-Aaron Schneider, the t[E]mz review

Guernica Essential Poets Series, Fall 2018
80 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771832779
ISBN10: 1771832770

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