“i want a new name that stays between me & the night,” writes Caroline Grand-Clement in The Coward the Liar the Thief. Before all else this is a book of names: the things we call ourselves in the safety of darkness, the ways we reinvent ourselves as a robbery. Lyrical & melancholy, rooted in distance, holding two languages in the same hand, the speakers refuse to be categorised or taken in a singular tense. In this collection, the truth is both a name & a place—overwhelming, malleable, & strange. It’s only up to us to decide whether to open the door & let ourselves be consumed. "

 

- Topaz Winters, author of So, Stranger & Portrait of My Body as a Crime I'm Still Committing

 

In the The Coward The Liar The Thief, Caroline Grand-Clement has delivered a set of glistering brooding poems. There is passion amongst them; a dark, sensual, sometimes painful passion. There are shadows, a sense of betrayal, reflections of self, identity and longing. Many of these reflections are twisted, gently warped, as if one had come across the trick mirrors of a deserted theme park’s haunted house. Prefacing the three sections of her book, she chooses her quotes with care: from an Icelandic author, a French dancer and a Lebanese-Canadian playwright. They echo her themes of otherness, transformation, and love’s many losses and longings. Her work is both strange and familiar; innovative in form, introspective and personal, yet touching on topics recognisable and relatable, conjured and crafted in her exciting and inimitable style. These are poems that will stay with you, crawl inside you and need to be read and re-read. As she writes, they are “truths we'd rather forget tattooed upon our skin.” Let these poems seep inside you: “the love confessed / the lies told / the things in between.”

 

- JP Seabright, Assistant Editor Full House Literary Magazine, Debut Prose Chapbook No Holds Barred out with Lupercalia Press, Feb 2022.

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