Always a pleasure to have the shop house local small presses. That said, we want to take a moment to announce two arrivals and an upcoming event this Saturday you should seriously be considering making time for:
M E T A T R O N
We’ve just acquired the complete first (and limited!) print run of the new Montreal-based publisher Metatron‘s six choice chapbooks. Headed by a fantastic, savvy editorial staff, the saddle-stitched and perfect-bound selection of authors includes (in alphabetic order):
1. Interviews by Laura Broadbent, author of the poetry collection Oh There You Are I Can’t See You Is It Raining? from Invisible Publishing in 2012. “Interviews consists of three posthumous interviews with authors beyond the grave: Clarice Lispector, W.G Sebald, and Jean Rhys. Subjects include history, time, decay, the elusive ‘I’, the tyranny of men, fish, obscurity, the you-me, the IT, constellations, etc.”
2. les œuvres se;ected by Matthew E. Duffy, local artist cum mystic cum writer. les œuvres se;ected is a “selection of poetry is composed of six sections that were emailed to (Metatron) editor (in chief) Ashley Opheim in various stages of completion over the span of three years. Upon going over old emails, Opheim discovered this wealth of work she had originally overlooked.”
3. I Am Here by Ashley E. Opheim, founder and co-director of This Is Happening Whether You Like It Or Not, a reading series in Montréal curated with author Guillaume Morrisette. I Am Here “navigates the vast, internal realms of the human mind. Using both stream-of-consciousness and the confessional mode, this collection of poetry offers a fresh perspective, wrought with a depth of feeling that is honest and curious. Tracing the thoughts and feelings of a girl on the verge of womanhood, perils and triumphs are expressed.”
4. Magnetic Days by Roland “Rollie” Pemberton, aka the musician Cadence Weapon, who served as Edmonton’s Poet Laureate from 2009 to 2011. Magnetic Days is “an abstract rendering of contemporary Canadian youth culture, ‘Magnetic Days’ is a collection of poems and stories about love, class, race, drugs and religion.” It is his first published book of poetry.
5. Tampion by Ali Pinkey. Her first collection of poetry, Tampion is “a collection of disembodied elegies, ‘Tampion’ explores the psychological anatomies of the 21st Century damsel as gun.”
6. How to Appear Perfectly Indifferent While Crying on the Inside by Jay Winston Ritchie, author of Something You Were, Might Have Been, or Have Come to Represent from Insomniac Press in 2014. How to Appear Perfectly Indifferent While Crying on the Inside features “24-hour diners, swimming pools, haunted McDonald’s, reincarnation and fame in remote East Africa: (poems that follow) a young 20-something as he navigates break-ups, adulthood, technology, and loneliness.”
Hey, What’re You Doing This Saturday?
…Just thought we’d ask, because, you know, I mean, there’s this reading coming up on Saturday that poetry lovers and fans of the show Mad Men could really sink their teeth into. Leah Umansky will be reading in our shop on April 12th @ 7PM, primarily from her new chapbook Don Dreams and I Dream, published by the Ohio-based Kattywompus Press. Amy Silbergeld from the online literary review HTML Giant had this to say: “Don Dreams and I Dream is compulsively readable, but it is far from a light collection of poems. Most hold the weight of women’s struggles for recognition as human beings over much of the past century. The poems are at once political and confessional, feisty and giddy, aggressive and playfully submissive. The poems are nothing if not sexy, and sensuality is key to their power—just as it is, in large part, the key to Don’s.” You can read the full review here, or this one from Sabotage Reviews.
This will be Umansky’s first reading in Canada.
We are stoked.