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Ambient Technology

Ashley Obscura

156 pages
Holographic foil on spine, front and back cover
Cover: Marcela Huerta
ISBN 9781988355115
Fall 2018

Is it the only way to survive

In this passionate sophomore collection of poetry, Ashley Obscura’s poetry explores the function of connection in a post-digital age and how one situates the self and creates meaning within the unions and chasms of our physical, virtual and spiritual selves. Ambient Technology occupies a space that bridges that gap between our visible and invisible worlds, between sentiment and emoji, between the opening and closing of heart matter. With great lust and desire, Obscura unearths something indestructible within ourselves, and lands amongst new tones of being and belonging in the sparkly lining of a too-real world.


“This book is the technology I want and need—of cosmic citizenship, opulent ecologies, feral vivariums of the self and of language. This is a technology that converts not getting the love you want into a vaster garden.”
– Erin Robinsong, author of Wet Dream and Rag Cosmology

“A bouquet of miracles.”
– Liz Bowen, author of Sugarblood

“Obscura showed me that there is a cosmic design to every feeling. Her book was a healing song for me.”
– Cecilia Pavón, author of Hotel with My Name

“Ashley Obscura has a way of using words to create such tender and bright images in your mind that leave you excited, enthralled and awakened. Her poetic language is soothing and embracing, and allows you to feel soft like you are floating in the womb. Read this book and relax yourself into the idea of channeling through space.”
– Fariha Róisín, author of How to Cure a Ghost


The Puritan Magazine – “There’s an ardency and honesty to these poems that reminds me of Pablo Neruda’s 100 Love Sonnets. It’s not a kind of poetics that’s taken seriously in Canada right now, but I think that’s a shame. There’s a trend in Canadian poetry to envelope emotions in extended metaphors until you wouldn’t recognize it anymore, a trend to which Obscura offers an alternative.”

Magazine Spirale – “Ashley Obscura manages to enrapture the spiritual quest and psychedelic sensuality in a realistic Montreal rooted in contemporary times… One of the best poets in Quebec today.”

Savoir Care – “Ambient Technology is a book of moods, a book of ways, a book about waves. Obscura does not obscure her anguish or loss. If anything, you’ll find you feel like she’s talking just to you. Having a body is a scam. I felt that. But renewal awaits. This collection evokes the power of cookies from Subway, the secret lives of plants, and love above all else.”

The Michigan Review – “(Obscura’s) work is largely about love, both the macro and micro of its manifestation, and what it means to be heartbroken by this world.”

The Montreal Review of Books – “…the energy of this book will sate fans of the supercharged, super-contemporary confessional.”


Sexo por última vezSocios Fundadores (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
2022 – Spanish translation of Ambient Technology by Gabriela Bejerman

Ashley Obscura

Ashley Obscura is a Canadian-Mexican publisher, editor, and multi-disciplinary poet interested in the intersection of physical and virtual worlds. She is the author of three poetry collections: SEXO POR ÚLTIMA VEZ (Socios Fundadores, 2022), AMBIENT TECHNOLOGY (Metatron, 2018) and I AM HERE (Metatron, 2014). Translations of her work have appeared in books and anthologies published in Argentina, Peru, Spain, Romania and Germany. Obscura has been anthologized as one of Canada’s best young poets (30 Under 30, In/Words Press, 2017), one of the most influential female poets in Quebec over the past 20 years (Anthologie de la poésie contemporaine des femmes au Québec, Éditions du remue-ménage, 2021), and named “one of the best poets in Quebec today” (Magazine Spirale, 2019).