My debut full-length collection of poetry, We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite, released May 2020 with Guernica Editions.
Purchase available from Guernica Editions, Indigo, Barnes and Noble, or your local bookseller!
In her debut collection of poetry, Conyer Clayton hovers in the ether, grasping wildly for a fleeting sense of certitude. Through experiences with addiction and co-dependence, sex and art, nature and death, she grapples for transcendence while exploring what it means to disengage. What is revealed when you allow yourself to truly feel? What do you ask for to carry you into life, and where do you land when this fails? And when you are finally, beautifully, emptied out, who are you? The poems in We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite wonder aloud amidst tangled revelations, and yearn to be lifted away.
FORTHCOMING SPRING 2021
with Collusion Books
the debut collection by the creative collective VII
"Sprawl | the time it took us to forget" is a collaborative chapbook written by myself and Manahil Bandukwala over email in a few weeks in March 2020, published by Collusion Books in December 2020. Copies can be purchased on the Collusion books website.
in January 2021, we released a visual/sonic version of the chapbook, made in collaboration with Nathanael Larochette, Liam Burke, Andy Verboom, and Ruqaiya Quettawala. The audio and music can be found on my bandcamp, and the video can be seen on youtube.
This chapbook is one long poem, consisting of poems written alternately by myself and Manahil, in which we echo one another's lines, images, and feeling. This is a document of the isolation, longing, anxiety, and loneliness that permeated the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020. It is a chapbook of friendship and dreaming.
Check out this review by The Pamphleteer
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!
/ 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."
Mitosis was released by In/Words Magazine and Press in August 2018.
Edited, designed, illustrated and produced by Manahil Bandukwala
This is one long poem in 5 sections. It is about a sense of severed self. Themes of family 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. It was released alongside its sister project, the collaborative album, If the river stood still, with Nathanael Larochette.
Contact me directly to purchase a copy
This collection is now available as an audiobook on bandcamp and e-book, both available for free download.
Undergrowth consists of 16 prose poems, using the guise of seed packets and botany to explore gendered violence, domestic disturbance, and self-realization.
Written and recorded by Conyer Clayton
E-book designed by Conyer Clayton
Edited by Justin Million
Original Chapbook and Cover Design by Elisha Rubacha
Artwork by Kelsea Shore
For the Birds. For the Humans. was released February 2018 by battleaxe press.
Cover art by Komi Olaf
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, deconstructed to follow an organic, rather than rational, logic.
This chapbook is sold out and out of print.
Reviewed by Today's Book of Poetry
The Marshes was published by & Co Collective in November 2017.
Cover art by Cori Hills
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.
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Forthcoming: 1 poem in This Magazine, 1 poem in Savant-Garde Magazine, 1 hybrid piece in deathcap issue 5
Decameron Series, Cycle 3, November 2020: 1 essay, 1 flash fiction, 1 poem
Blue House Journal, Issue 3, November 2020: The Annual Visit
Freefall Magazine, Volume XXX, No. 2: "Stubborn Fucks" and "Press 0 to Speak Directly to God"
Non Plus Lit, Issue 2, October 2020: Google Doc of Death
Room Magazine, Issue 43.3, Fall 2020: talk about it
The Minola Review, Issue 27, Fall 2020: You never touched me in public
deathcap, issue 1 (by Coven Editions), September 2020: 2 prose pieces
Mineral Lit Mag, Issue 4, Summer 2020: 2 poems
The Temz Review, Issue, 12, Summer 2020: Excerpt from Sprawl
Capilano Review, Summer 2020, Co-Winner of 2019 Robin Blaser Poetry Prize: 3 poems
periodicities: a journal of poetry and poetics, June 2020: 3 poems
Parentheses Journal, Issue 8, Winter 2020: Only for so long
AppleBeard Editions Release Any Words Stuck Inside of You II anthology, December 2019: "Old Bird Feeder Jane," and "Memories of Waxen Men"
Black Bough Poetry, Winter Holiday Issue, December 2019: Holidays are just small wakes that
BAD DOG MAG, Issue 3, December 2019: Excavation
Glass Poetry Press's Poets Resist Series, December 2019: Those who need to here this won't listen
League of Canadian Poets, Poetry Pause Program: What You Actually Lost
Issue 12 of Experiment-O, November 2019: 8 Poems
The Temz Review, Issue 9, Fall 2019: Spider Veins and Admitted
Talking about Strawberries, Spring 2019: Who I am when I dream and Setting and Alarm
Spotlight Series #37 on Medium, May 2019: Caricature
The Harbor Review, Special Abortion Issue, May 2019: Seeds
The Cafe Review, Spring 2019: 5 poems
Dusie Tuesday poem blog by rob mclennan, March 2019: Irrigation Techniques
TRAIN blog, March 2019: Queue
Anti-Heroin Chic, February 2019 Featured Poet: Early to Bed and Replacement Therapy
Big Smoke Poetry: One year into dating you
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
2 poems, "Press 0 to speak directly to God" and "Stubborn Fucks," short-listed in Freefall Magazine's 2020 Poetry Contest
Winner, along with Bardia Sinaee, of The Capilano Review's 2019 Robin Blaser Poetry Prize
2 poems, "Bumpers" and "Perrenial", long-listed for The New Quarterly's 2019 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest
"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
REVIEWS AND ESSAYS
"Angels and Elephants: On Enjambment;" a micro-essay for ARC's November 2020 Newsletter
Something sharp I want to make soft: a hybrid poem/essay on talking poetics