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METATRON | I Wanted to Be the Knife[Extended Edition]Sara SutterlinSOLD OUT
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I Wanted to Be the Knife
[Extended Edition]

Sara Sutterlin

$13.00 Out of stock

We are two little
sweaty egos
I watch you kiss the inside
of my thighs
like you’re doing it to Someone Else
Coaxing you into domestic Hell
with Me



Originally published as a small booklet by Metatron in 2015, I Wanted to Be the Knife by Sara Sutterlin took the poetry world by storm, selling over 500 units in its first 8 months of publication. This brand new, expanded edition features the initial booklet, plus 28 new poems which both complement and challenge the originals.


“Sara Sutterlin’s I Wanted to Be the Knife picks at the bones of modern romance by exploring the disappointments of intimacy and the loneliness of dissolving relationships. Her poems are brutal, funny and full of tender, ugly details that remind us of the compromises we make with ourselves and each other when in love.”

— Kristina Mahler


Sara Sutterlin is a Montreal-based writer. She is the founder and managing editor of LESTE. BAVEUSE, her second poetry collection, was published by Electric Cereal in late 2015.


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Sara’s Website



56 pages
Gold foil cover
First edition, first printing
Cover art by Alex Valencia



Press + Reviews + Interviews


“The best opening line of the year. ”

– Knife/Fork/Book


“[H]ard to put down.”

– Sina Queyras, The Walrus


Our Fav Books of 2016, the Author’s Edition

– Moez Surani, BookThug


“…poetry made of sexuality, power, and nerve.”

– Shannon Web-Campbell, Montreal Review of Books


“Truly vulgar, witty, resigned, contemplative, honest, pure, dirty, confident, sexual, cynical, and lovely.”

– Joshua, Goodreads


June Poetry Bestseller, Drawn and Quarterly




“Sara Sutterlin’s I Wanted to Be the Knife is an escape from pretentious, bullshit dude poems. If anything, it is the answer to these poems. It gives us a look at cum from the other perspective. What does it mean to be spewed upon instead of doing the spewing?”

Rachel Charlene Lewis on Vagabond City


“Sutterlin writes the kind of poetry I wish I was brave enough to write—stripped-down, bloody, bare-knuckle poetry, whose strength is in its honesty, its anger, and its little details.”

– Écho


“…the caustic feminism of the book prevails.”

– Enclave


“…a witty, intimate experience of contemporary malaise.”

– Largehearted Boy


“Sutterlin is a living poem.”

– Naked Underground


“…made me drink two more glasses of wine and sink deeper into the bath.”

– Probably Crying Review


“Sutterlin doesn’t bother trying to impress, but rather expresses her experiences. In our work towards a more horizontal authority isn’t this what we want?”

– Queen Mobs Teahouse





‘Untitled’ via The Montreal Review of Books
Two Poems via ÖMËGÄ