August 11th, Argo Featured Reading #9: Andrew McEwan & Christine McNair

The Argo’s pleased to announce that Andrew McEwan will be launching his new book of poetry repeater at the shop alongside Christine McNair, who will be reading from her debut book Conflict, on August 11th. The doors will be open at 8PM, with the reading starting at 8:30PM. The event is free, refreshments are likely.

Andrew McEwan is the author of the book repeater (BookThug, 2012) and the chapbook Input/Output (Cactus Press, 2010). His work been awarded the E.J. Pratt Medal for Poetry. He just finished his undergrad at the University of Toronto, where he had been the editor of Acta Victoriana, and the poetry editor of the Hart House Review. Currently living in Toronto, he is making the move to Vancouver in September.

About the book…
repeater playfully mixes poetry and the language of technology. It is a codebook. It is a poetic code programmed into a computer code.Using the ASCII 8-bit binary code for each letter of the alphabet as an acrostic, the poems of repeater encode an investigation of layered and digitized language into the heart of the code itself. Appendixes form supplementary studies, and deviate into additional interactions in the convergence of poetry and computer programming. Ultimately, repeater posits a program in which the creative variability of poetry is inputted into the rigid binaric structure of computer language.”

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Christine McNair’s work has appeared in sundry places including CV2, The Antigonish Review, Prairie Fire, Arc, Descant, and Poetry is Dead. She was shortlisted for the 2010 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. She is one of the hosts of CKCU’s Literary Landscapes program and works as a book conservator in Ottawa. Conflict is her first book.

Conflict interweaves ghosts, bad communication, the uncanny and the archival, to create a collection of poems that breaks down remembrance into abandoned historic markers, jet fuel, keening, or teeth. What you are given (this is a gift) is an insistent refusal to silence or shift. In exchange, the reader faces the impossibility of erasure and a gritty resistance. Conflict swells with the fractures and lacings in language, motion, architecture, and emotion; between individuals, systems, and mechanical silences.
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