24
Thursday
Apr
2014
Knox Presbyterian Church120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)
8:30pm

House of Anansi Poetry Bash
with Garth Martens, Sarah Lang,
Anne Marie Turza
and Matthew Zapruder

Hosted by David O’Meara
"Garth Martens is a poet of sweat and ambition and all the sensory detail and wild character that builds a world.
— Jury Citation, RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers
Anne-Marie Turza
Garth Martens
Matthew Zapruder
Sarah Lang

We celebrate Poetry Month and another year of stellar poetry from House of Anansi Press with four of the most anticipated collections of the year:

 

Garth Martens’ debut, Prologue for the Age of Consequence, is about the tar sands and industrial projects of Alberta, and the men who work in them. But to describe it as such restricts the book to its physical concerns, when in fact these are poems of great philosophical ambition, and startling ethical and psychological reach.

 

Sarah Lang’s second book, For Tamara, is a roughly-hewn, genre-bending, post-apocalyptic survival guide. The world with which we are familiar has ended, and in its wake are the countless dead and survivors who are little more than scavengers.

 

Anne-Marie Turza's formidable debut, The Quiet, presents a landscape where anything might appear, out of myth, history, or science: microscopic creatures, the pitcher Satchel Paige, toothed whales, a man on the back of a snow bear.

 

Matthew Zapruder’s poems begin in the faint inkling, in the bloom of thought, and then unfold into wide-reaching meditations on what it means to live in the contemporary moment, among plastic, statistics, and diet soda. Written in a direct, conversational style, the poems in Sun Bear display full-force why Zapruder is one of the most popular poets in America.

 

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