Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
On May 23rd, we hosted a reading with Joshua Trotter and Gabe Foreman. They read from their debut collections of work, All This Could Be Yours (Biblioasis 2010) andÂ A Complete Encyclopedia of Different Types of People (Coach House Books 2011) (respectively). Both of these collections have been stupendous entrances into the contemporary landscape, receiving high â€˜nâ€™ apt praise for their publications. Hereâ€™s some with some extracurricular reading from The National Post, the Montreal Review of Books, ditchpoetry.com & rob mclennanâ€™s blog.
Joshua Trotter’s introduction was written by Jesse Eckerlin, and the recording’s in/outro music was provided by Norm Sibum- the track is called “Poor Boy Poetry”.
â€œLike the promise of its title, All This Could Be Yours is full of elusive gifts. Joshua Trotterâ€™s debut collection is a metaphysical hall of windows that seem to be mirrors and mirrors presenting themselves as windows. Trotterâ€™s poemsâ€”which could be the bastard love-children of Stevens and Frostâ€”refract, reflect and deflect with canny puns and rhymes, the rigour of their forms belying the rogue trickster twists of cockeyed logic they take and the po-faced near-sense in which they speak. Donâ€™t be fooled into thinking these poems glib: Trotter is often most serious precisely at his most blithe; his poems are always thought-full. Full of â€œintemperate winds / blown thinking from the ledge, through the gap // between the frame and what it haunts for us,â€ they resist the intelligence, almost successfully, as Stevens said a poem should.â€ â€“ Biblioasis
Joshua Trotter lives and cooks in Montreal. All This Could Be Yours is his first book. He is likely to be one of the most down-to-earth poets youâ€™ll ever meet.
â€œGabe Foremanâ€™s A Complete Encyclopedia of Different Types of People is not your average reference book. It turns a series of sociological case studies into a functional encyclopedia that doubles as a unique, achingly funny, always engaging collection of poems. â€˜Bridesmaids,â€™ â€˜Day Traders,â€™ â€˜Entomologistsâ€™ and â€˜Number Crunchersâ€™ are all dutifully catalogued in a series of luminously strange, compellingly original lyric and prose poems.â€ â€“ Coach House Books
Gabe Foreman was born in Thunder Bay. He has worked as a tree planter in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. Heâ€™s a co-founder of littlefishcartpress, and his writing has appeared in a number of literary journals, including Grain, Fiddlehead and Event. His work placed second in CV2â€™s two-day poem contest and a selection was shortlisted for the cbc Literary Awards. Currently, he lives in Montreal, where he manages the soup kitchen at a long-established mission.