MY DEBUT FULL LENGTH COLLECTION OF POETRY, WE SHED OUR SKIN LIKE DYNAMITE, IS FORTHCOMING WITH GUERNICA EDITIONS SPRING 2020!
CHAPBOOKS AND OTHER PROJECTS
Trust Only the Beasts in the Water was released in June 2019 by above/ground press. Cover art by Kelsea Shore.
This a chapbook of surrealist prose poems inspired by my dreams. About the thinness of the lines we draw between our waking reality and our unconscious. This collection uses the power of the seemingly random symbols generated in our sleep to highlight what lurks in the edges of our awareness. What dangers won't we allow ourselves to fully look at when our eyes our open? This collection stares the beasts down. It comes to love them.
Available for order here:
And check out this review by The Maynard! (link)
/ is a micro-chapbook released by post ghost press in June 2019.
From the publisher: "This dream of a poem helplessly interrogates the insolvency of dreams and the violence of gaslighting. How does memory fade or cajole the viewer? How do we remake our pasts, our histories, our dreams?
This microchap measures approximately 2.5" across and 4" high. It is folded in two layers: the base text, and a concealing layer of translucent vellum paper, which resists the gaze of the viewer and must be pressed in order for the poem to be read."
Available for order here:
If the river stood still was released August 20, 2018.
This collaborative album fuses the poetry of Conyer Clayton and the musical compositions of Nathanael Larochette.
It follows my ongoing process of grief, closure, and healing following the death of my mother in 2010.
For more information, to listen, and to purchase the album, please visit my bandcamp page:
Photo taken by Nathanael Larochette at Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky, summer 2018.
Mitosis was released by In/Words Magazine and Press in August 2018.
This is one long poem in 5 sections. It is about a sense of severed self. Themes of intergenerational trauma, domestic violence, mental illness, and healing weave into the murky waters of death and grieving. This collection sits stagnant in the pond, is tossed about in waves, and eventually, evaporates, becomes cloud.
Edited, designed, illustrated and produced by Manahil Bandukwala
Contact me directly to purchase a copy
Undergrowth was released by bird, buried press in June 2018.
This collection is a series of 16 prose poems, each with an accompanying illustration by Kelsea Shore. These poems are rooted in the garden I had in summer of 2016 in Halifax, and ostensibly take on the form of seed packets. These poems allow each plant to tell me what I needed to hear at the time but couldn't. What I needed to tell myself. An exploration of death, relationships, abortion, and disintegration in the guise of gardening instructions.
Undergrowth was printed in a limited edition run of 50 copies, and is now sold out.
For the Birds. For the Humans. was released February 2018 by battleaxe press.
This is a collection about wilderness and control, in the world, in ourselves, in our relationships, and through history and species. These 13 poems are a very loose crown of sonnets, desconstructed to follow an organic, rather than rational, logic.
Cover art by Komi Olaf
To purchase, contact me, or visit
Reviewed by Today's Book of Poetry (link here)
The Marshes was published by & Co Collective in November 2017.
This is a collection of 30 surrealist micro-poems. A study of the magical minutae of every day life. The glittering moments that are important for reasons that cannot be explained. The hyper-real.
Cover art by Cori Hills
Contact Conyer Clayton directly to purchase a copy. $12
Every copy is hand numbered and stitched by yours truly.
Forthcoming: Creative non-fiction piece, "I cannot write this softly" in filling station
Forthcoming: 2 poems in Release Any Words Stuck Inside of You II, a short prose anthology with Applebeard Editions
Forthcoming: 2 poems in The Temz Review
Forthcoming: 8 poems in Experiment-O
Forthcoming: Poem in Poetry Pause with the League of Canadian Poets
G U E S T, Summer 2019: "The MIssing Parts of Me"
Touch the Donkey, 4 poems, July 2019
Talking about Strawberries, 2 poems, Spring 2019 (link to poems here)
The Cafe Review, 5 poems, Spring 2019 (link to poems here)
Dusie Tuesday poem blog by rob mclennan, March 2019: "Irrigation Techniques" (link to poem here)
TRAIN blog, March 2019: "Queue" (link to poem here)
Anti-Heroin Chic, February 2019 Featured Poet: "Early to Bed" and "Replacement Therapy" (link to poems here)
TRAIN prose poem print issue, January 2019: "Transmission" and "Intruder"
Arc Issue 85, Summer 2018: "Seeds" - Winner of 2017 Diana Brebner Prize
The Fiddlehead Spring 2018: "Recurrent" - Honourable mention in 2018 Ralph Gustafson Poetry Contest
Sawdust Reading Series Broadside, August 2017: "Compassion, Gratitude, Awe"
Mochila Review, May 2013: “Full Sunlight” and “a recoil of springs”
China Grove, Spring 2013: “Vegetables”
The Snail Mail Review, Issue 4, 2012: “Bone-Bed”
The Tau Creative Journal, 2012: “Trap”
Goodwill Zine, #7, January 2011: “Is this too much?”
U of L White Squirrel, volume one, fall 2009: “Broken Leaf”
“Satellite” used in a score entitled “Satellite Lunation” by Rachel Short, 2019
“Contents” and “Full Sunlight” used in scores by Chris Kincaid, 2013
"Southern Belle" long-listed for Vallum's 2018 Poem of the Year
3rd place in 2017 Prairie Fire Poetry Contest for "What you actually lost"
Winner of Sawdust Reading Series April 2017 Poem-off; chosen by Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke
5th place award in Spring 2017 Causeway Lit contest for “September”
1st place in graduate poetry for the poem “Vegetables” in the 2013 Metroversity Creative Writing Competition
2nd place in graduate poetry for the poem, “Bone-Bed” in the 2012 Metroversity Creative Writing Competition