Black Sheep InnWakefield, Quebec

House of Anansi Poetry Bash
with special musical guest
Mike Dubue

Hosted with the Wakefield Writers Festival - La Pêche and the Black Sheep Inn
"A.F. Moritz's work leaves me reassured about the potential efficacy of poetry, of mind engaged with world on all fronts - politically, mythically, philosophically.
— Don McKay
A. F. Moritz
David O’Meara
Elise Partridge
Karen Solie
Mike Dubue
Shane Book

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:


We are saddened by the passing of Elise Partridge. Her friend and editor, David O'Meara will be on-hand to celebrate her work and share some of her new poems.


Widely praised for her engagement and attention to craft, Elise Partridge's The Exiles' Gallery confirms her standing as one of the most thoughtful, authentic voices in Canadian poetry. The poems in her third collection continue to explore what she has called "implicit questions about fullness of life or lives somehow thwarted, diminished, ended too early." Through formal technique, painterly detail or her signature compressed directness, Partridge's poems explore the past, present and future with compassion and grief, bearing witness to our not-so-still, all-too-brief lives.


In Karen Solie’s new collection, The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out , she restlessly excavates our civilization, the moments of tough luck, casual violence, naked desire, and inchoate menace, pursuing "Beauty and terror / in equal measure" and fixing on the "Intrigue of a boarded-up building. / We want to get in there and find out what’s the matter with it." Amplifying the elegant recklessness of her Griffin Poetry Prize–winning collection Pigeon, these poems bear an uncanny poetic intelligence and unflinching vision.


At once original, strange, funny, and unnerving, Shane Book's second collection, Congotronic , takes the reader into unstable territory, where multiple layers of voice, diction, and music collide. Some of these poems have the sparse directness of a kind of bleak prayer; others mingle the earthbound rhythms of hip-hop with the will-to-transcendence of high Romanticism.


In Sequence , the latest collection from Griffin Poetry Prize-winning poet A. F. Moritz , the reader accompanies the poet step after step and breath after breath through a haunting and mercurial world that shimmers like sun on sand. Alternating moments of spare clarity with deep narrative flashes, the poem wanders the borders of the self, pursuing the eternal moment through imagined landscapes and the lush world waiting outside the writer's window. This is poetry of intense observation, finely tuned to a pattern that is sustained with breaks and returns, alive with eros and a hunger for Breton's "convulsive beauty.”


Plus: A special musical performance by Mike Dubue of the HILOTRONS!!



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