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The Thing with Feathers

The Thing With Feathers by Jessica Outram

Piquant Press

A collection of poetry available to purchase from the publisher or on Amazon.

Books are also available from Let’s Talk Books in Cobourg and Caversham Booksellers in Toronto.


“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –

Emily Dickinson


This is a story of becoming whole by reassembling broken pieces of self, holding onto hope in the darkest moments, and seeing everything in a new light.

The Thing With Feathers takes you on an intimate journey of truth, transformation, and healing of spirit. From cherry blossom tree trunks to the shores of Georgian Bay, these poems evoke reverence, recalling past lives and ancestral Metis blood memory passed down from grandmothers.
~ Sarah Lewis, Poet Laureate, Peterborough ON

Poetry that’s both affective and effective in recognizing the power of expression as a means of revealing the human spirit. There is clarity of language in these poems, and in that clarity the reader finds what it means to feel alive.
~ Antony Di Nardo, Poet

Click here to read Anthony Di Nardo’s full-length review of The Thing with Feathers.

Here are poems that “show a way to build belonging.” With clarity and sharp imagery, Outram’s poetry aches with the will to transform. They swirl “beyond the whirlpool of rules” “because it’s all possible.” Slowly, a new self emerges by “breaking down threads / pulled by uncertainty.” Through the deliberate act of seeing, facing, and confronting, a knowing, more integrated self comes to light. A fresh, vivid and heartfelt debut.
—Catherine Graham, Poet, Aether: An Out-of-Body Lyric and The Celery Forest

Click here to read Kate Rogers’ review of The Thing with Feathers.


April 16th 2022 Launch: Art Gallery of Northumberland
April 16th, 2022 Launch: Art Gallery of Northumberland

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