Cover art: David Drummond

Cover art: David Drummond

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

Cover art: David Drummond

Cover art: David Drummond

'Matuk has the keen-eyed, phrase-making brilliance of Marianne Moore...this is a sensuous, bold and mercurial collection.'  Times Literary Supplement

Stranger is a favourite on "The Best Books of 2016" in The Walrus


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