Sumptuary Laws, published with Véhicule Press in 2012, was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award for a best first book of poetry in Canada, named a National Post best book of poetry in 2012, and a ‘must-read’ book of poetry at CBC Books.
“Her phrasal rhythm is impeccable and her mastery of style, whether lyric, surreal or conceptual, is apparent...introducing a stunning new voice in Canadian poetry.” -Jury citation, Gerald Lampert Award nomination
Sumptuary Laws was a favourite book of 2012 for the Poetry Editor at the National Post
Sumptuary Laws was named a ‘must read’ book of poetry for 2012 at CBC Books
"Reading the book, I kept having flashes of Wallace Stevens and John Ashbery: there’s a similar nonchalant brio at work here and, above all, the same loopy delight in words"
-Susan Glickman, on the Vehicule Press blog
"Witty and metaphysically inventive"
-David Wheatley on the Harriet blog, Poetry magazine
"An urbane, surrealist-influenced, lexically ingenious whip-smartness shot through with a beating-heart desire." -Stewart Cole The Urge
"Collisions of language and metaphor are so daring, the jumps between image and image so precipitous." -Lorraine York Canadian Literature
"Vibrant and full of fun extravagance in language, akin to a brilliant and wildly eccentric classmate" -Winnie Khaw Philadelphia Review of Books
"Matuk has a deep command of language and is unafraid to draw from all its resources to represent the tangible happenstances of our object heart." -Catherine Owen Marrow Reviews
Rob McLennan reviews Sumptuary Laws
'Matuk has the keen-eyed, phrase-making brilliance of Marianne Moore...this is a sensuous, bold and mercurial collection.' Times Literary Supplement
Sarah-Jean Krahn Canadian Literature
Bardia Sinaee ARC Poetry
David Wheatley Times Literary Supplement
Jim Johnstone Maisonneuve
Nick Thran Event
Shannon Webb-Campbell Montreal Review of Books