“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“In an interview after winning the 2017 RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award, which goes to an unpublished Canadian writer under the age of 30, the Brooklyn-based poet Mikko Harvey commented that, to him, poetry is “like a secret personal playground.”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. Bizarre but compelling, Harvey’s poetic playground is fascinating territory.”  
Toronto Star

Unstable Neighbourhood Rabbit is a challenging and quietly rewarding book that seems to be at war with symbolism… It is tempting, then, to describe the book by listing what the poems contain: strangeness, a woman sleeping for six thousand years in an art museum, underwater churches, a sacred bowl of milk, a disturbing amount of low chanting. But surprising and absurdist as the content can be, it is the masterful way each scene is conjured before us that makes this collection such a pleasure to read. The experience feels like watching a spotlight move over a dark but crowded stage. Each poem is briefly framed, illuminated, until, on the verge of resolution, the light moves on.”
Kenyon Review

“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 his reflection in a spoon, but in fact these poems know exactly what they’re doing.” 
Natalie Shapero

“There are those that say the best thing a poem can do is 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

“By the time you realize how unsafe it is in the deliciously singular and strange world Mikko Harvey has created—the sky with a purple slant to it, the girl placing a cloudberry like a little crown on the dead man’s thumb, the suit of new skin floating, the black windmill in the distance spinning—you don’t care much about safety. You’re just so glad to have been invited in.”
Maggie Smith

“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. 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


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