Sugar for Shock

Susan Buis

Sugar for Shock

Susan Buis

Winner of the 2017 John Lent Poetry/Prose Award

$25 | Published May 2018.

5.75" x 9.5", 24pp. ISBN: 978-1-988764-02-3.

The poems in Sugar for Shock reveal a generous confidence and gentle mystery. Their energy oscillates between reverberation and vision, so that in one moment a poem will mesmerize you with its melody, while in the next it will hypnotize you with a precise and profound image. This is a corpus that dares its reader to either close it or keep reading—whichever you choose, expect its words to call you back frequently and vehemently.


Set in Adobe Chaparral Pro with Cronos Pro for the titles. While the print shop was out of commission this year, and thus the book pages were printed digitally, the edition of 50 copies was handbound by students of Okanagan College’s Diploma in Writing & Publishing.


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The production team from ENGL205 included: Eli Cherney, Rachelle Fraser, Emily Hamer, William Jones, Heather Mantler, Alison Rose, Sidney Stella, & kevin mcpherson eckhoff.

Susan Buis

Susan Buis lives on an acreage near Kamloops where she moved from Los Angeles after completing an MFA in Creative Writing at Cal State Long Beach. She also has a BFA degree in visual art. Her writing table overlooks grasslands and down into the Nicola valley, a view which distracts and inspires. Her poems and nonfiction stories have been published in the journals CV2, Vallum, Grain, Event, Prairie Fire, The Malahat Review and The Fiddlehead. She teaches communications at Thompson Rivers University.