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You Still Look the Same

  • Publication Date: May 1, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781990601057 / 1990601057
  • 5½" x 8½"

A moving collection of poetry about navigating mid-life, full of humour and wit, from acclaimed novelist Farzana Doctor.

This debut poetry collection from acclaimed novelist Farzana Doctor is both an intimate deep dive and a humorous glance at the tumultuous decade of her forties. Through crisp and vivid language, Doctor explores mid-life breakups and dating, female genital cutting, imprints of racism and misogyny, and the oddness of sex and love, and urges us to take a second look at the ways in which human relationships are never what we expect them to be.

“These poems are clean, tight, wry, luscious, kvetchy and up-close-to-brown-skin.” SONNET L’ABBE author of Sonnet’s Shakespeare

“In this collection, love, disappointment and possibility collide, at home and unhomed in spare, precise language.” LARISSA LAI author of Iron Goddess of Mercy

“These poems travel across a range of experiences, but what pulls them together is the essential yearning for connection – in defiance of pain and grief, in spite of anger, fear, exclusion and sheer human blundering. The voices here are vulnerable, imperfect, but they are bolstered by their wry wit and an irrepressible desire to embrace life and love with all its complications.” ADAM SOL author of How a Poem Moves

“Farzana Doctor’s You Still Look the Same unfolds in filmic moments which cluster with insight, itches like the discomfort of a hard news story, yet reads with all the intimacy of confessional memoir. This is a book of observation from a keen eye for what it means to be human in the 21st century. Here is a book that invites us to see with fresh perspective what we might yet be.” MICHAEL V. SMITH author of Bad Ideas

“This book is a tender tour of the love, loss, and lament that comes with the messiness of living.” DENA IGUSTI author of Cut Woman

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You Still Look the Same reviewed in ARC Poetry
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Farzana Doctor wins the 2023 Freedom to Read Award
February 15, 2023: (Online) Lunch Poems with Farzana Doctor and Lillian Necakov
Authors on Authors: Farzana Doctor in conversation with Kelly Kaur
You Still Look the Same a Summertime Hotlist pick in The Quarantine Review
August 11-14, 2022: Farzana Doctor at the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts
September 22, 2022: Farzana Doctor at the Toronto International Festival of Authors
October 29, 2022: Farzana Doctor at Wild Writers Festival
November 3-5, 2022: Farzana Doctor at Wordstock Sudbury Lit Fest
November 23, 2022: Farzana Doctor at BurlLitFest
You Still Look the Same reviewed in the Miramichi Reader
Farzana Doctor interviewed in the Artisanal Writer
You Still Look the Same reviewed in Canthius
Farzana Doctor on the Sex with Dr. Jess Podcast
Aurora Public Library: An evening with Farzana Doctor
Sunday, June 12, 2022: Farzana Doctor at Word on the Street, Toronto
Farzana Doctor on the Callander Public Library Podcast
Farzana interviewed by India-based literary startup Booknerds
Farzana Doctor on an episode of the Love Doctor podcast
Farzana Doctor appears on Hamilton's CHCH TV
Farzana Doctor in conversation with the NBN
You Still Look the Same reviewed in the Globe and Mail
Farzana Doctor on SiriusXM's The Breakdown
You Still Look the Same reviewed in Quill and Quire
Trailer for Farzana Doctor's You Still Look the Same
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May 10, 2022: Farzana Doctor launches You Still Look the Same in Toronto
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