Tuesday Oct 21 2014 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon
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Join us for an evening of poetry with Sonar (Turnstone Press) by Kristian Enright , Magpie Days (Turnstone Press) by Brenda Sciberras, and Not The First Thing I've Missed (Thistledown Press) by Fionncara MacEoin.
, , and , reading from their debut collections:
Ginsberg saw the best minds of his generation destroyed by madness - but what is madness? In a world that has traded Hansel and Gretel’s breadcrumbs for Prozac and where zombies masquerade as the living, who is really mad? Through the eyes of an artist boxed in by tradition, Sonar wrestles with language, mental health and identity.
's work has been shortlisted for the Matrix Magazine Litpop awards and for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. He has been featured in Juice, the University of Winnipeg’s creative writing literary journal, five times, and is a long-time contributor to Winnipeg’s cultural scene. Recently, he completed a Master's degree in creative literature at the University of Manitoba. Sonar is his first full-length collection of poetry.
Clever and persistent, Magpie Days picks through the baubles and trinkets of the everyday. Like the black and white plumage of the magpie, Brenda Sciberras’s poems balance the exquisite tension between joy and misery. Evoking life-defining events from the remembrance of a first bicycle to the loss of a close friend, these poems acknowledge pleasure and pain as necessary to life in this remarkable debut.
Brenda Sciberras is a Winnipeg writer whose poetry has appeared in several Canadian literary magazines, as well the anthologies A/Cross Sections: New Manitoba Writing and I Found It at the Movies: An Anthology of Film Poems. She holds a BA from the University of Manitoba and divides her time between working in a library, singing in the Spirit’s Call Choir, writing, and her family. Magpie Days is her first book.
Not The First Thing I've Missed is a collection of poems imbued with a rueful, self-deprecating humour about how delusions frighten while they enlighten. Fionncara MacEoin's poems are short meditations that explore an emotional counterpoint where hope and doubt collide and where the familiar present is only an echo of some past loss. Moreover, questions arise: How can we be certain of what we really know? Why does the reverie of reality seem so strange in the recklessness of our everyday lives? This collection captures the debris and encumbrances of such questions with a healthy humour and a wicked sense of ownership.
is a poet living in Saskatoon. Her poetry has appeared in The Society, In Medias Res, Transition, CV2, and the chapbook Even the Sky Parts (JackPine Press 2011).