The Apothecary stems from the author’s desire to remake the sentence—to let it be capacious, preposterous, convivial, and hang it from a pronoun worn like a phantom limb. Lisa Robertson wants that ghostly pronoun to reinvent itself afresh in each sentence. Looking towards the eighteenth century, sometimes through a lens occasionally borrowed from contemporary sources, the text of The Apothecary is precise, intoxicating materia medica dispensed by one of Canada’s most important contemporary poets. [publisher’s note]
First published in 1991 by Tsunami Editions.