Laurie Smith’s unique mixture of lyrical narratives conjures up the stories associated with poison, a life-threatening fact that draws endless fascination in our imagination. Her poems vary from stray dogs falling victim to carelessness, to the reality of pollution destroying the planet, to intimate decisions made in the bunker on the last days of the Third Reich when the wife of Joseph Goebbles poisons her own children. The poems are tough, cranky, raw, cynical, and hard-edged. It is part dark humour, part history, part documentary in that it replays the unsettling tales regarding poison. Hers is a poetry that disturbs and asks questions.