That Light Feeling Under Your Feet
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That Light Feeling Under Your Feet plunges headfirst into the surreal and slogging world of cruise ship workers. These masterfully crafted poems challenge perpetuating colonial and class relations, as well as the hedonistic lifestyle attributed to the employees of these floating resorts. Kayla Geitzler’s debut collection interprets isolation, alienation, racism, and assimilation into the margins as inevitable consequences for the seafaring workforce of the most profitable sector of the tourism industry.
Exploring the liminal space between labour and leisure, the poems in That Light Feeling Under Your Feet are at once buoyant and weighty, with language that cuts like a keel through the sea.
- Finalist for The Fiddlehead Poetry Book Prize at the 2018 New Brunswick Book Awards
- Shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry at the 2018 Alberta Book Publishing Awards
- Winner of the Bailey Award (WFNB) for Best unpublished manuscript in 2016
Moncton native Kayla Geitzler is proud to represent her city as the first Anglophone Poet Laureate/Poet Flyée. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from UNB and was named a “Rad Woman of Canadian Poetry” by All Lit Up. The CBC has recognized her as a poet who reflects “the enduring strength of the literary form in this country.” Her first poetry collection That Light Feeling Under Your Feet won the Bailey Prize, made the Calgary Bestseller list, and was shortlisted for the Fiddlehead Poetry Prize and Alberta Publishers’ Award. Her poems have been featured in The Fiddlehead, Poetry is Dead, Les Effeuilleuses, Gnaw and Gnarl, and Thirteen: New Poems from LGBTQI2S Writers. She is the host of the Attic Owl Reading Series, and the Moncton Representative for the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick. Kayla works as a writing consultant to help professionals and creatives capture their best writing.