Firstly, we’d like to thank everyone who came out to Mark Lavorato’s debut poetry collection launch, a lovely book entitled Wayworn Wooden Floors put out through the illustrious Porcupine’s Quill this year. We still have copies in the shop for anyone who is interested; he’s certainly a writer to pay attention to as his work forges on.
On to business.
Speaking of authors and poets worth paying attention to: Tomorrow, June 16th @ 7PM, we have three fantastic east-coast-bred poets coming into the shop: Cory Lavender, Darryl Whetter and John Wall Barger.
“At the corner of profound and profane, where we watch
the time of our lives get poured down the drain.
Where pillow-talk meets potty-talk and we patty-cake in protest.
Where internal meets extrinsic then splits.
Where diurnal meets diuretic and we wake in soaked beds.
Where shat meets shyte and scat meets shit.”
Lavender’s poetry holds a delicate dichotomy, balancing the grit and honesty of his native dialectic tongue with an immersive emotional rapport.
Darryl holds a PhD in English and has published or presented papers on contemporary literature in France, Sweden, Canada, Germany, the United States, India and Iceland. Nearly 100 of his commissioned book reviews have appeared in venues such as The Toronto Star, The National Post, The Vancouver Sun, The Montreal Gazette, The Globe and Mail, Detroitâ€™s Metro Times and the national CBC Radio program Talking Books. While Whetter has been a professor of English and creative writing at various universities, he currently teaches at UniversitÃ© Sainte-Anne.
Here’s the write-up from Palimpsest Press: “Entombed within a thirty-kilometre-deep seam of rock, the fossils of Joggins, Nova Scotia are pried from a cliff-face by a version of the ocean out of which their creatures evolvedâ€”for the first time on Earthâ€”more than three-hundred-million years ago. With probing metaphors and a keen eye on science, the poems in Origins create a multi-faceted portrait of evolution, extinction and climate change. Centered on the powerful Bay of Fundy, Origins compares the displaced, prehistoric marks of fossils with cultural marks like art and books. These varied poems observe eternal traces and lingering residues, from fossilized footprints to landscape sculpture to pollution and industrialization. With only one bone in a billion fossilized and a perpetually changing planetary surface, these celebratory yet cautionary poems also investigate chance, loss and ruin. The intersection of forces, which both create and destroy, are echoed by poems devoted to transitory art, the human addiction to energy, and an evolving media history (from nineteenth-century field drawings to twenty-first-century digital libraries). Origins is a nuanced ledger for a troubled world.”
Barger’s poems have appeared in many literary journals, includingÂ CV2, The Antigonish Review, The Malahat Review, Grain and Descant. His work has also appeared in anthologies including The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008 (Tightrope Books) and The Montreal Prize Global Poetry Anthology (VÃ©hicule Press, 2012). His first book, Pain-proof Men, was published in 2009 by Palimpsest Press.
Here’s a write-up for Barger’s latest, also from Palimpsest Press: ” The Portuguese word for â€œhummingbirdâ€ is beija-florâ€”flower-kisser. In Aztec mythology, Huitzilopochtli is the hummingbird god, the bloodthirsty god of war, requiring nourishment in the form of constant human sacrifices to ensure that the sun will rise again. In this book, Barger documents his recent itinerant years in closely observed, honest, and sometimes surreal episodes: on a filthy street in Delhi, inside a statue of Buddha in Taiwan, and on the back of a Vespa in Rome. The hummingbird is a territorial, aggressive creature whose life depends upon its quest for fuel, compelling it to taste up to one thousand flowers per day. Its pulse, as it flies eight hundred kilometers across the Gulf of Mexico, can rise up to twenty-one beats per second. In these gritty poems, the furor of the hummingbirdâ€™s desire to survive and the roving spirit of the poet merge to compel a reading of life in flux that is at once breathtaking, agitated and fragile.”
So! That’s tomorrow evening, June 16th, with the doors opening to attendees at 7PM. The reading will begin around 7:30/45PM.
Refreshments will be served!
Hope to see you there!