How to Hold a Pebble



How do we scale up our imagination of the human? How does one live one’s life in the Anthropocene?

How to Hold a Pebble—Jaspreet Singh’s second collection of poems—locates humans in the Anthropocene, while also warning against the danger of a single story. These pages present intimate engagements with memory, place, language, migration; with enchantment, uncanniness, uneven climate change and everyday decolonization; with entangled human/non-human relationships and deep anxieties about essential/non-essential economic activities. The poems explore strategies for survival and action by way of a playful return to the quotidian and its manifold interactions with the global and planetary. Of loss no scale remains no seawall… Between one’s despairs / they will brighten / Hope’s in-built traces.


Jaspreet Singh

Jaspreet Singh’s short pieces have appeared in Granta, Brick, Walrus, Zoetrope, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and the New York Times. He is the author of the novels Helium, Chef, and Face; the story collection Seventeen Tomatoes; the poetry collections November and How to Hold a Pebble; and the memoir My Mother, My Translator. He is a recipient of several awards and has been translated into many languages. He lives in Calgary, the traditional territory and home to the diverse Indigenous peoples such as: Niitsitapi, Siksika, Kainai, Piikuni, Tsuut’ina, Métis, Îyâxe Nakoda. You can find him online at
Chapter Contributors Pages Year Price
Includes the poems: Six Months Ago, I must learn again, Second Snow in Edmonton, Silen e, Aka-Bo, Albedo I, Climate Laboratory, Darwish, Inspiration, Whyte Avenue, Albedo II, Little Blues, Art of …
19 $1.90
Includes the poems: The Dream, Attachment Style, Infidelity, Birthday, Kathasaritsagar, Things, listen, Everything Is in Order, Diagram of a Blink, February, Melancholia, Mama, Some Photons, …
18 $1.80
Includes the poems: An American Immigration Guard, Uncontainable, By the Banks of a Vanishing River, The Zoo, ਦਲੀਪ ਿਸੰਘ, Double Bond, You a Genius, Mirabel, Deep Time Nut, Ozymandias II, …
24 $2.40
Includes the poems: The dead return, Mu, Walking, Who Lit the Fire?, An Olivine, Natureculture, Contagion, Entanglements, Ash is the Purest Event, Cyclone, Symbiosis, Calcium, Future, No Person …
26 $2.60