Good day, good day! We’re partnering up with Biblioasis to present a book launch at the always fantastic Company House (2202 Gottingen St.), March 13 starting at 6pm.
Zachariah Wells and Richard Norman give a reading of their latest books. So drop on by for a pint and an evening with some seriously talented writers!
Career Limiting Moves – Zachariah Wells
“By turns celebratory and sceptical, ‘Career Limiting Moves’ is a selection of essays and reviews drawn from a decade of immersion in Canadian poetry. Inhabiting a milieu in which unfriendly remarks are typically spoken ‘sotto voce’ —if at all—Wells has consistently said what he thinks aloud. The pieces in this collection comprise revisionist assessments of some big names in Canadian Poetry (Margaret Atwood, Lorna Crozier, Don McKay and Patrick Lane, among others); satirical ripostes parrying others’ critical views (Andre Alexis, Erin Moure, Jan Zwicky); substantial appraisals of underrated or near-forgotten poets (Charles Bruce, Kenneth Leslie, Peter Sanger, John Smith, Peter Trower, Peter Van Toorn); assessments of promising debuts (Suzanne Buffam, Pino Coluccio, Thomas Heise, Peter Norman) and much else besides—including a few surprises for anyone who thinks they have Wells’s taste figured out.”
Zero Kelvin - Richard Norman
“Present-day astronomy, vast, complex, is looking through darkness to distant objects and times. Yet its discoveries aren’t exclusively scientific: from the moons of Pluto to the Doppler effect, the night sky screens a place where math meets myth. Now, in Zero Kelvin, in scenes that shift from the mountains of Goma to the mountains of the moon, from galaxies that feast upon their neighbours to a solar sail unfurling above Earth’s orbit, Richard Norman’s poetry probes both newly glimpsed corners of the universe, and the myths which bring them into focus.”
And here’s a poem from Richard Norman’s collection:
It is a human urge—
to orbit backwards at great speed.
Experimentally, you do it
and then the crack of lightning,
the open-ended snowflake, splits the sky.
Just as the sculptor cut the fat off space,
you going backwards renders time.
Seconds drop like filings
when a magnet is turned off.