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), IndigoBarnes 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."

-Open Book

"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 /

The Anti-Languorous Project / periodicities  / The Temz Review / ARC Poetry Magazine, Issue 92

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 performances at LOMP (alongside musician Nathanael Larochette) and Attic Owl Reading Series

My 2018 chapbook "Undergrowth" (bird, buried press) is now available as an audiobook on bandcamp and e-book, both available for free

New work: deathcap issue 1, The Minola Review, Room Magazine, The Capilano Review, Non Plus Lit, Freefall Magazine, Mineral Lit Mag, and Blue House Journal

Forthcoming work with This Magazine and CAROUSEL

Upcoming Performances:

-Nov. 21: Versefest

-Dec. 6: Hamilton Lit Live

Photo by Hasi Eldib
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