“In Unstable Neighbourhood Rabbit, as it should be the case, natural elements act
like neighbours and old friends, people act like animals, animals act like people, names determine fate, rice and goats and bowls determine how we interpret the world, our palms control our thinking, our imaginations are celebrated and called upon to take responsibility for what they call into existence, our imaginations transform us as necessary, everything is
a sign, everything is heroic and epic and fragile, everything matters, the wind can undo
our shoelaces.” 
Dara Wier

“In an interview after winning the 2017 RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award, which goes to an unpublished Canadian writer under the age of 30, the Brooklyn-based poet Mikko Harvey commented that, to him, poetry is “like a secret personal playground.” He opens the gates to that playground in this debut collection, in which the whimsical and the macabre mix in startling ways. A bomb and a raindrop chat as they fall earthward in the first poem, “Autobiography” (a title that signals the poet’s offbeat sense of humour). Many of the poems move from innocuous absurdity to horror, as in “Bird Call Association,” which starts out with members of the association making bird calls and ends with a ritualistic killing. There are surreal scenarios aplenty, but also poems that slyly explore social awkwardness (in one poem, intimacy is “a land of risk”). Bizarre but compelling, Harvey’s poetic playground is fascinating territory.”  
Toronto Star

“There are those that say the best thing a poem can do is to explore the familiar in an entirely new way, providing a fresh perspective that allows the reader to experience the world with new eyes, and this appears to be what Mikko Harvey brings to the lyric, offering the surreal through a straightforward narrative, one that twists and turns even as it holds entirely still, offering a line solid enough that any bird would trust to land upon it.” 
rob mclennan

“These poems stood out for their commanding execution of a particular kind of disaffected energy; each poem, for all its nonchalance, left me feeling startled. ‘You’re losing control,’ the speaker of the first poem proclaims to a reflection in a spoon, but in fact these poems know exactly what they’re doing.” 
Natalie Shapero


“[Harvey] is able to transform ordinary experiences into revelations about the world and our place within it. These poems blend humor and observation, often in close proximity, and make excellent use of voice, whether spoken or filtered through narration. A thoroughly commendable series of poems.” 
Mary Biddinger

“All words are adult, said Maurice Blanchot. And this book is saying to words (like ‘nature’) die! *gently* die! And be born again: babies, children, reindeer. So, don’t read this book if you don’t want to think like a child (and don’t read it if you don’t think childthought is absolutely magnified). Don’t read this book if you don’t want to lose your I. Don’t read this book if you don’t want to cry.” 
Darcie Dennigan

Unstable Neighbourhood Rabbit is a startling debut… There’s a soft sadness underscoring even the silliest event in Harvey’s surreal world” 
Winnipeg Free Press

“Lively, sometimes intense, and linguistically inventive… Harvey is capable of suddenly catching a reader with an immutable truth.”
Quill & Quire

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