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Victor Enns -- Book Launch

Monday Nov 10 2014 7:00 pm, Saskatoon, Travel Alcove
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Saskatoon launch of Afghanistan Confessions (Hagios Press)

Victor Enns' powerful collection of voice poems are relentless and genuine in telling soldiers’ stories. Few of us will ever have to shoulder the burden of taking another human life, or witness the death and destruction common to all wars. These are deeply imagined poems—as provoking in their subject as they are accessible to read. Afghanistan Confessions challenges glib assumptions Canadians may have about the conflict, and the thousands of soldiers that fought Canada’s longest war.

Victor Enns was born in Winnipeg in 1955 and raised in southern Manitoba. His first collection, Jimmy Bang Poems, the result of his participation in an advanced creative writing workshop led by Robert Kroetsch, was published after his graduation from the University of Manitoba. His recent book boy is the prequel of sorts to Correct in this Culture and Lucky Man, which was nominated for the 2005 NcNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year Award. A founding Board member of the Manitoba Writer’s Guild, Enns was the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild from 1982 – 1988. He is the founder of Windscript magazine featuring the literary and visual art of Saskatchewan high school students, and Rhubarb, a literary and visual arts magazine for writers and artists of Mennonite descent.

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Afghanistan Confessions

- Victor Enns

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Victor Enns is not a soldier, yet he has been speaking with Canadian soldiers since 2007 through these poems, and directly in interviews with Canadian soldiers back from Afghanistan (from 2008 - 2009). Enns traveled to Kabul in May 2008 to get a sense of the landscape, the people and the Canadian mission in Afghanistan. Victor Enns has written a collection of voice poems that are relentless and genuine in telling soldiers stories. The title may imply that all soldiers have something to confess, yet few of us will ever have to shoulder the burden of taking another human life, or seeing the death and destruction common to all wars. Afghanistan Confessions is one of the first authentic literary accounts of this devastating war.