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Sprawl | the time it took us to forget
by Manahil Bandukwala & Conyer Clayton

24pp • 8″ x 5″ • ISBN 978-1-7772244-0-0
First edition (100 copies) published Nov, 2020
Second edition (20 copies) published Sept, 2022

Shortlisted for the 2021 bpNichol Chapbook Award


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Manahil Bandukwala is a writer, editor, and visual artist. She is the author of two chapbooks, Paper Doll (2019) and Pipe Rose (2018), and co-lead of Reth aur Reghistan, a literary-visual arts exploration of folklore from Pakistan, conducted in collaboration with her sister, Nimra Bandukwala.

Conyer Clayton is an Ottawa-based artist and gymnastics coach, originally from Louisville, Kentucky, with six chapbooks and two albums. She is the winner of Arc’s 2017 Diana Brebner Prize and The Capilano Review’s 2019 Robin Blaser Poetry Contest. Her debut collection of poetry is We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite (Guernica Editions, 2020).

“Composed in the early days of Canada’s pandemic, Sprawl’s chain of interlocked pastorals can read as prophecy. […] No outsiders, they participate fully in nature/order’s falling-apart—spin cocoons, bloom flowers, glow—and evoke sprawling panoramas even as the world shrinks.”
—Bryce Warnes in The Pamphleteer

Sprawl is a well-crafted constricted versescape. [Its] blending of a human life with the landscape […] is seamless […] with wonderful shifts and changes in the topography of the long poem.”
—Phinder Dulai in Rungh

“Bandukwala and Clayton craft newness within the ecological and personal.”
—Kevin Spenst in subTerrain

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