I Wanted to Be the Knife
We are two little
I watch you kiss the inside
of my thighs
like you’re doing it to Someone Else
Coaxing you into domestic Hell
Sara Sutterlin’s I Wanted to Be the Knife picks at the bones of modern romance by exploring the disappointments of intimacy and the loneliness of dissolving relationships. Her poems are brutal, funny and full of tender, ugly details that remind us of the compromises we make with ourselves and each other when in love.
Originally published as a small booklet by Metatron in 2015, this brand new, expanded edition features the initial booklet, plus 28 new poems which both complement and challenge the originals.
Sara Sutterlin is a Montreal-based writer. She is the founder and managing editor of LESTE. Baveuse, her second poetry collection of poetry, was published by Electric Cereal in late 2015. Her latest collection, Baby, is now available through Metatron.
REVIEW | Vagabond City | “Sara Sutterlin’s I Wanted to Be the Knife is an escape from pretentious, bullshit dude poems. If anything, it is the answer to these poems. It gives us a look at cum from the other perspective. What does it mean to be spewed upon instead of doing the spewing?”
REVIEW | Echo | “Sutterlin writes the kind of poetry I wish I was brave enough to write—stripped-down, bloody, bare-knuckle poetry, whose strength is in its honesty, its anger, and its little details.”