Today, we celebrate the release Iceland Is Melting and So Are You by Talya Rubin! Positioned at the brink of the climate crisis, this urgent collection of poetry offers recognition of, and salve for, the vast mysteries of the natural world, our human interior, and the relationship between the two. Read on to learn all about this essential new title.
A congress of bees met near the roses
ready to speak their truth, gangbuster
into the human world, expose the cons.
Happy Book Birthday to Iceland Is Melting and So Are You by award-winning poet Talya Rubin! We are so excited to share this stunning sophomore collection of poetry with readers everywhere. In these poems, human and wild meet in everyday encounters: the melting of ice sheets and fathoming ecological disaster while listening to news reports on the radio; moments of childhood ice skating and unrequited love alongside geological formations and weather patterns. Plain-spoken, but far from simplistic, Rubin’s poetry refracts the grief, anxiety, and wonder of our modern predicament.
Iceland Is Melting has appeared on several “Most Anticipated” fall poetry preview lists, including 49th Shelf, CBC Books, and Quill and Quire. It has also received admiring endorsements from writers across Canada and the United States. Claire Caldwell, author of Gold Rush, writes, “Iceland Is Melting and So Are You takes readers into the right now of the climate crisis, where the daily ‘thunder of collapse’ is deafening, yet too often ignored. Like a drill through an ice floe, Rubin pierces the numbing layers of human denial and selfish desire, reminding us that we, too, are saltwater.”
In anticipation of the book’s release, Rubin recorded a video introducing readers to her new book. Watch below or here. Enjoy!
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That’s all for now, dear reader. Please join us again in wishing a very Happy Book Birthday to Talya Rubin. Iceland is Melting and So Are You is available to purchase from our online shop or from your local independent bookstore today. Happy reading!
Talya Rubin is a Canadian poet originally from Montreal. She was awarded the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers from the Writers’ Trust of Canada in 1998. Her poetry has been longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize and the Montreal International Poetry Prize. In 2015, she won the Battle of the Bards and was invited to read at the Toronto International Festival of Authors. Her first collection, Leaving the Island, was published in 2015. Talya holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She also runs a theatre company called Too Close to the Sun, and currently lives in Perth, Australia with her husband and son.