When This World Comes to an End
Poems that journey through a tapestry of myths, archetypes and fables; of histories invented and revisited.
Kate Cayley’s is a mind both studious and curious, deeply attuned to the question “what if?” What if Nick Drake and Emily Dickinson met in the afterlife? What if a respected physician suddenly shrank to the size of a pea? What if the blind twins in a Victorian photograph could speak to us? What if we found another Earth orbiting another sun?
Cayley draws on her experience as a playwright to create vividly engaging voices and characters ranging from the famous to the infamous to the all-but-anonymous. With exquisite pacing and striking imagery she draws us into the gaps in history, invites us to survey its wonders, both real and imaginary.
Be the horse. Be patient and simple, blind
to anything beyond this moment, step out
on trembling legs toward the lake, knowing that
there is something behind this, something
that sustains, propels, repeats.
(from “The White Horse Divers, Lake Ontario, 1908”)
“Skillfully deploying a diction both lithe and lapidary, Kate Cayley’s first collection regales the reader with conjurations of psyches diverse as those of Judas Iscariot and Simone Weil, Daguerreotype cameos and cautionary tales, apocalyptic stories and feminist fables – all brimming with revelations and wonder.” —Ruth Roach Pierson
- Beautiful Thieves
Andrea MacPherson, Canadian Literature, #222 Recursive Time (Autumn 2014)
- A Poetry Collection for the Curious: A Review of Kate Cayley’s When This World Comes to an End
Casey Stepaniuk, Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian blog, January 15, 2015
- When This World Comes to an End by Kate Cayley
Mariianne Mays, Herizons, fall 2013
- Challenging the View of Reality / Review of “when this world comes to an end” by Kate Cayley. (2013) Brick Books
Steven Buechler, The Library of Pacific Tranquility, March 7, 2014
- The Dozen Best Books of 2013 Poetry?
Chad Pelley, Salty Ink, December 9, 2013
About the Author
Kate Cayley’s poetry and short stories have appeared in literary magazines across the country. Her play, After Akhmatova, was produced by Tarragon Theatre, where she is a playwright-in-residence, and a young adult novel, The Hangman in the Mirror, was published by Annick Press in 2011. She is also the artistic director of Stranger Theatre, and…