It's that time of the year again, where publishing is back into the swing of things, and we're back with another season of fantastic chapbooks from Clay Everest, Jasmine Gui, and Sarah-Jean Krahn.
Thursday, October 19th
@ The Steady Cafe & Bar (1051 Bloor St. West)
7:30 pm doors, short readings, then buy chapbooks to your heart's content!
A rewriting of Robert Kroetsche’s Seed Catalogue, Sarah-Jean Krahn's WEED APOLOGUE criticizes the colonial history of Canada and its relationship to the devastation of the environment and the status of women. Weed Apologue reveals a longstanding colonization: of landscapes, of places, and of bodies, both Worded and Real. Standing in the mortar of the quintessential may belie the most reckless compilation of an optimistic poet. It is all part of the voluntary thrall of Filling Holes, a voice to be Clavered & Whelmed.
Jasmine Gui's BOKE (with illustrations by Jacqueline Lai) is a blue collection, a rainy collection, a walking collection.
These poems are about the journey of looking and not seeing exactly, but seeing enough. From the tiny logging towns and coastal ports in Malaysia, to the mega cities of Hong Kong and Singapore, the many places of home, family and history converge, tumbling and washing up against the rim of the poet’s “I”.
Clay Everest's NO SUBJECT FOR THE INEXPERIENCED explores the intersections where history and life overlap. The candid and elegant poems in this collection track a narrator as they deal with the death of a friend and loss of a relationship while paralleling the sinking of the Titanic and The Halifax Explosion.