Sumptuary Laws

Nyla Matuk

Sumptuary Laws, Nyla Matuk's first full-length collection, is a work of irresistible originality. Taking as her inspiration the feudal rules that once enforced social rank by legistating what a person was permitted to wear and eat, Matuk discovers a new metaphor for contemporary desire and explores, in wildly imaginative and linguistically daring poems, the 21st century "sumptuary laws" that dictate our divisions of luxury and necessity, splendour and squalor. A poet of immense gifts, Matuk has written a book of lasting impact.

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"An urbane, surrealist-influenced, lexically ingenious whip-smartness shot through with a beating-heart desire."- Stewart Cole, The Urge

Nyla Matuk is the author of the poetry chapbook, Oneiric [Frog Hollow Press, 2009]. Her poems, short fiction and journalism have been published in Maisonneuve, Prism International, Misunderstandings, ARC and The Globe and Mail. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Other books by Nyla Matuk:
Resisting Canada
Trade paperback
72 pp 8.5" x 5.5"
ISBN13: 9781550653311

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