Tom Cull

Tom Cull has published a collection of poetry, Bad Animals (2018), and two chapbooks, What the Badger Said (2013) and Keep Your Distance (2021, co-written with Kerry Manders). His work has appeared in This Magazine, The Dalhousie Review, The Rusty Toque, Long Con Magazine, The Windsor Review, The New Quarterly, and The Goose. Cull was poet laureate for the city of London, ON, from 2016–18. He is the director of Antler River Rally (ARR), a grass roots environmental group he co-founded in 2012 with his partner Miriam Love. He works at the Upper Thames Conservation Authority and teaches creative writing at Western University. Born and raised in Huron County, ON, he currently resides in London on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lunaapéewak and Chonnonton Nations.

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Kill Your Starlings
Tom Cull

2023 / Canadian Poetry / $23.95
9781554472505 / Trade paper / 112 pp

Exploring ecology, art, activism and historiography, Tom Cull writes of his relationships with family and place, pursuing the imperfect program of recollecting and reconstructing the idea of ‘home’ while resisting nostalgia’s dubious erasures. Frank, unabashed, the poems lean into these entanglements with humour and sincerity, chronicling the writer’s vulnerability as a hinge-point in time—between being a son to a father and a father to a son; between a history that can’t be changed and a future that might be.

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