Recent from DC Books

List of Titles

Poetry by Kathryn Mockler

The Saddest Place on Earth

To order right away using your credit card, click below on Buy Now.

For other payment methods, complete order form below...


(Save up to 35%)

Many Payment Options!

Option 1 – Right away, on the web, to a secure site

1. Press the BUY NOW button above.

2. This connects you with Paypal.

Option 2 – On-Line Bookstores

saddestPlaceOnEarth cover

chapters logo

B&N logo

Option 3 – By Mail

1. Just fill out the fields below, and press SUBMIT.

2. You'll get a prompt acknowledgement of your order, confirming your total price.

3. Then print this page, and enclose your check or money order.

4. Mail to: DC Books, 5 Fenwick Avenue, Montreal West, QC, H4X 1P3 Canada

5. Made an error on SUBMIT? No problem. Just fill out the form again with the correct information, press the CORRECTION button below, then press SUBMIT again.

First Name:

Last Name:




Zip/Postal Code:



Tel. [Area Code]:



Yes, please send me the following quantity of The Saddest Place on Earth

Hard Cover*

Add $15 to the paperback price

If mailing address is to CANADA or USA, I'll pay C$18.95 per copy.

If mailing address is OVERSEAS, I'll pay US$19.95 per copy.

Unit prices above include 35% discount, applicable taxes, shipping and handling.

Correction. (I made a mistake the first time.)




The Saddest Place on Earth

When Donald Rumsfeld briefed his press secretary on how to deal with the media, he said: “Begin with an illogical premise and proceed perfectly logically to an illogical conclusion…They [the media] do it all the time.” Kathryn Mockler’s new collection of poems applies Rumsfeld’s advice to powerful poetic ends. Deeply interested in American politics and the absurdity of our mediated relation to the political sphere, the beautiful and entertaining narrative poems in The Saddest Place on Earth follow absurd premises to their most logical conclusions. Here, God appears on Oprah, Hurt Feelings and Anger rent a cottage together on Lake Huron for a week in August, and the saddest place on earth is discovered in a Chinese restaurant at the end of a strip-mall. Kathryn Mockler’s approach to language and the world results in an extremely engaging, moving and often hilarious poetics of deep disorientation.


Critical Comment

“Mockler’s skill with language and narrative beat lends itself well to these unapologetic poems. At times I found myself groaning out loud, or shaking my head to get a grip on what I had just read. There is heart and terrific depth in this work.”

—Canadian Poetries

At times, the starkness and simplicity of the poems is poignant. In “Air Vents,” Mockler wrestles with a sadly all too familiar social and political theme. The poem reads, “I think about the shooting / because all shootings / are one shooting. I think / about all the places to / hide to avoid bullets: air / vents, storage lockers, / somewhere normal.” The idea that “all shootings are one shooting” shows the absurdity of mass shootings being labeled with dates, names, and places, and instead, focuses on the loss that affects all. There is also the idea of helplessness, which is a common theme throughout the poems, and the idea of places where one can hide—which, as it turns out—aren’t many and aren’t all that feasible.

—Heavy Feather

“Every page is a new delightful terror, a horrific tickle.  We get to hear about Buddha joining Weight Watchers, God and the Devil sharing the same guest table at a wedding as dates of mutual friends and so on.   Today's book of poetry just loved Kathryn Mockler's earnest whimsy.

Mockler makes the reader feel like an intimate insider to her slick reason and gymnastic logic.”

—Michael Dennis



Author Kathryn Mockler

Author Biography

Kathryn Mockler is author of the poetry book Onion Man (Tightrope Books, 2011). Her writing has appeared in such venues as Joyland, The Antigonish Review, Rattle Poetry, CellStories, PIF, The Puritan, La Petite Zine, nthposition, and This Magazine, The Capilano Review, Descant, and The Windsor Review. In 2005, she attended the Canadian Film Centre's Writers' Lab and wrote two short films for the NBC/Universal Short Dramatic Film Program. Her films have been broadcast on TMN, Movieola, and Bravo and have been screened at festivals such as the Washington Project for the Arts Experimental Media Series, Toronto International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Festival, Worldfest, Cinequest, and EMAE. Currently, she teaches creative writing at the University of Western Ontario and is the co-editor of the UWO online journal The Rusty Toque. The Saddest Place on Earth is her second complete collection of poems.

The Saddest Place on Earth, Kathryn Mockler, 100 pp., 5 x 8, Poetry, November 2012

ISBN: 978-1-897190-32-6 (paper) . . . $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-897190-89-0 ( Bound*) . . . $31.95

* This book is “perfect bound” with an add-on
hand bound cover, no dust jacket.

List prices above do NOT include applicable taxes. Offer prices on the left DO!

“Mockler’s work is entirely free of the gratuitous image-making, the facile metaphors that so many young (and not so young) poets substitute for good writing; here we are in the presence of subjects and predicates wielded bravely in the plain language of telling, as inherited, absorbed, reflected in the ‘family of work’ that includes, among others, Lydia Davis, J. Robert Lennon and Richard Brautigan.”

—Stephen Osborne, Geist

Home | List of Titles | DC Events | Ordering DC Books | Contact DC Books | Catalogue