Drolleries is a manifesto for self-realization by way of investigating the nature of romantic relationships, the allure of art and the structures of power — from fallible and transformative angles.”

-CBC Best Canadian Poetry of 2019

“So many of the themes explored by Cassidy McFadzean in her second collection poetry – the natural world, ancient mythology, Renaissance art, women in history – reverberate in the illustration chosen for its cover, German astronomer Maria Clara Eimmart’s Aspect of Saturn.
-Quill and Quire Cover of the Year 

“The power of a woman in the heat of her physical and mystical prowess”
Quill & Quire Starred Review

“Moving, compelling, and cheeringly idiosyncratic.”
-Publishers Weekly

Drolleries is a collection to read many times over.”
Canadian Notes & Queries
104 (2019).

“Drolleries, draws on a panoply of artistic, occult, and natural symbologies to enter personal pain through acts of detachment and transmutation.”
The Malahat Review 208 (2019)

“This book is a must have for its breadth of skill”
Freefall 29.1 (2019)

“Books like Drolleries don’t come along that often in poetry world.”
-Today’s Book of Poetry

Lyrical and original, Drolleries establishes McFadzean as a poet of the highest order.
-Read It Forward

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Lesson Plan:
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