“In this fierce debut, Leyton explores women as palaces and grand pianos, gleaming objects admired and shattered. Through her lyrically exuberant voice, whirring with musicality and subversive jabs, art becomes a looking glass. Just as ‘women hum to drown their hunger,’ these poems bring the salve of self-creation to their reader.”
— Cassidy McFadzean, author of Hacker Packer
“Leyton’s voice is both enigmatic and unabashed, delving into the mysteries of selfhood while offering a vivid meditation on what it means to be a woman alive today.
A fearless, urgent, and beautifully wrought debut.”
— Kerry-Lee Powell, author of Inheritance
All the Gold Hurts My Mouth pulls no punches. Combining a visceral feminism with sharp eroticism, Katherine Leyton takes on sexual politics in the twenty-first century. As she holds up a mirror to the male gaze, she unflinchingly interrogates the nature of images and masks as they work through television, movies, and the Internet — the hyperreality that influences our perceptions and interactions.
Yet, for all of that, this vivid collection is also a rich quest for identity, authenticity, and nature uncorrupted. Gloriously reaching for connection and love, for honesty and intimacy, Leyton gives voice to a bold, resounding feminism in this manifesto for our age.
Copyright © 2016 by Katherine Leyton.
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Edited by David Seymour.
Cover artwork by Kathryn Macnaughton.
Cover and page design by Chris Tompkins.
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Leyton, Katherine, 1983-, author