Shortlisted for the 2020 Raymond Souster Award
CBC Canadian Poetry Book of the Year
Quill & Quire Cover of the Year
Quill & Quire Starred Review

“In Drolleries, Cassidy McFadzean finds beauty in both earthly monsters and the heavenly art that such beasts inspire. Nymphs, ghosts, fortune-tellers, and other fantastic characters clash in disorienting narratives that illuminate uncomfortable truths about the way history repeats itself across time and space. “I’ve been reading the news / so much it’s entered me” McFadzean writes in “Study of a Torso,” and her poems have a similar effect, drilling down with mnemonic power that will stick in reader’s minds.”
-Raymond Souster Award Jury Citation

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

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

“A collection of endless curiosity filled with poems that do not sit still”

“A witty collection, infusing sarcastic humour into witchcraft and sorcery”
-Arc Poetry Magazine

Drolleries is a collection to read many times over.”
Canadian Notes & Queries

“McFadzean combines the paced craft of metred pieces with sudden raunchiness.”
The Malahat Review

“This book is a must have for its breadth of skill”

“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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