- The Lambda Book Award in Poetry 2001 Finalist
Nancy Boutilier’s first book, According to Her Contours (1992), was hailed by Booklist as “an exciting exploration of relationships, gender identity, and the politics of clothes from a woman who chose high tops over high heels and has the courage to love her family and her lesbianism.” The intense, disarming new poems of this, her second collection, fearlessly address life’s deepest riddles: “the unexamined life / is not worth / living. / That’s Plato / but ‘expunge’ is one word you can live with / believe it or not/ things never lost have / been found.” Childhood, memory, love, death, “the cosmic question mark” — all the old imponderables are pursued again here, in limber, lucid lines that go directly to the source, bringing back invigorating news.
On the Eighth Day Adam Slept Alone is a poetry collection that renews one’s sense of all that is good and beautiful. There are many, many wonderful love poems here, [and] Boutilier’s observations are clear and often humorous, as in her pointed poem ‘When Straight Women Flirt . . . With Me.’ Witty . . . heartfelt . . . downright inspirational . . . an antidote to angst-ridden political dread.
—San Francisco Bay Guardian