My debut full length collection of poetry,
We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite
released May 2020
with Guernica Editions.
You can purchase my book from the publisher (Guernica Editions), Indigo, Barnes and Noble, or your local bookseller!
"We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite is an unpredictable and ethereal exploration of the ways we pacify our unhappiness, the masks we hide behind, and what waits to be confronted when we finally decide to give it all up.
Moving through addiction, relationships, the natural world, and our ultimate mortality, Clayton's words hang in the middle-space between overt meaning and open interpretation, allowing the reader to not just see but feel every moment of delicate, raw vulnerability throughout her work."
"The poems in this stunning debut construct a world by colliding its sharpest angles. Instead of an orderly pastoral landscape, Clayton gives us “a pasture / with a rusted tractor.” Instead of happily-ever-after, we get “ruins of rock, the frantic mess / we made.” These poems manage to wrench beauty from loss, absence, departure—the various goodbyes that transition us along our individual paths. In this book, Clayton’s speaker emerges from the darkness of grief into “the space between / earth and sky,” a realm of generous possibility, where poetry begins."
-Kiki Petrosino, Author of Witch Wife and Hymn for the Black Terrific
"Conyer Clayton’s rich, unpredictable lines are imbued with the transformational traces and scars that humans, nature, and contraptions leave on one another. Vivid sounds and images stagger Plinko-like through these deeply personal poems that display both murmuration and volatility. This is a book that resonates."
-Stuart Ross, Author of Motel of the Opposable Thumbs and A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent
My poem, "Those who need to hear this won't listen," was read by Fredericton poet laureate at Fredericton's city council meeting in October 2020, bringing national attention to the issue of abortion access in New Brunswick, and was covered by CBC and Global News
Reviews of We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite: The Miramichi Reader /
Sprawl: the time it took us to forget, a chapbook written collaboratively with Manahil Bandukwala is now available for pre-order through Collusion Books!
You can watch my recent performance (alongside musician Nathanael Larochette) at LOMP here
Forthcoming work with This Magazine, BlueHouse Journal, CAROUSEL, Non Plus Lit, and FreeFall Magazine
-Nov. 12: Attic Owl Reading Series
-Nov. 21: Versefest