Short Takes on the Apocalypse

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize
About this Work 

This twelfth collection from Governor General’s Award nominee Patricia Young features poems built entirely upon the words of others. Originating as a response to Elmore Leonard’s “Ten Rules of Writing,” and expanding to include poetic responses to quotations about writing from other sources—from Leonardo da Vinci to Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood to Jimmy Kimmel—the resulting pieces traverse a myriad of themes. Playfully exploring subjects as wide-ranging as veganism, gun violence, sex, parenting, feminism, death, and Coachella, Young bounces off the selected epigraphs with a vital energy and crackling wit.

Jurors' Citation 

A wonderfully accessible collection of intimate responses to the pressure of living with our own impending apocalypse. Manages to touch, through the intimate and the particular, the universal experience.  Carried off with wit and grace and humour.

Patricia Young

Patricia Youngborn in Victoria, B. C. where she still lives, is the author of nine collections of poetry and one of short fiction. She has two grown children and is married to the writer, Terence Young.