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Sylvia Legris & Sheri Benning Dual Book launch

Tuesday Nov 16 2021 7:00 pm, Saskatoon, Zoom
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Join Sylvia Legris (Garden Physic, New Directions) & Sheri Benning (Field Requiem, Carcanet Press) to celebrate their joint book launch.

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube and available for viewing thereafter.

Garden Physic is a paean to the pleasures and delights of one of the world’s most cherished pastimes: Gardening! From an imagined love-letter exchange on plants between garden designer Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson to a painting by Agnes Martin to the medicinal discourse of the first century Greek pharmacologist Pedanius Dioscorides, Legris’ poems map the garden as body and the body as garden, her language with a compressed vitality reminiscent of Louis Zukofsky’s 80 Flowers.

Sylvia Legris' previous collections include The Hideous Hidden, Pneumatic Antiphonal, and Nerve Squall. Among her awards are the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Pat Lowther Award, the Cheryl & Henry Kloppenburg Award, and the Victor Martin Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding achievement by a mid-career writer.

Field Requiem bears witness to the violence inherent in the shift to industrialised farming in prairie Canada...The poems give voice to the affective consequences of loss brought on by climate change and factory farming and renew a sense of locality in the teeth of corporate farming practices.

"Incantatory, rich with lived detail, Field Requiem's ceremony of naming resists the 'terrible forgetting' that's led Saskatchewan to a dangerous present and that threatens a bleaker future. Sheri Benning knows that love of place requires attention to all of it - to its history and to its dead, to sublimity and devastation, 'matted pasture grass / where a deer has lain' alongside Intercontinental Packers and the 'chemical burnoff after frost'. 'How strange', she writes, 'to find oneself at the end of it all'. This is a work of devotion, a lament and a prayer, an urgent, heartbroken, and beautiful book." - Karen Solie

Sheri Benning grew up on a farm in central Saskatchewan, Canada. She's the author of Field Requiem and The Season's Vagrant Light: New & Selected Poems both published by Carcanet Press, as well as Thin Moon Psalm (Brick Books) and Earth After Rain (Thistledown Press). Her work has appeared in North American, British and European journals and anthologies, most recently The Paris Review, Times Literary Supplement, Poetry Review, Brick, PN Review and Grain.

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Garden Physic

- Sylvia Legris

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Sylvia Legris's Garden Physic is a paean to the pleasures and delights of one of the world's most cherished pastimes: Gardening!
      "At the center of the garden the heart," she writes, "Red as any rose. Pulsing / balloon vine. Love in a puff." As if composed out of a botanical glossolalia of her own invention, Legris's poems map the garden as body and the body as garden--her words at home in the phytological and anatomical--like birds in a nest. From an imagined love-letter exchange on plants between garden designer Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson to a painting by Agnes Martin to the medicinal discourse of the first-century Greek pharmacologist Pedanius Dioscorides, Garden Physic engages with the anaphrodisiacs of language with a compressed vitality reminiscent of Louis Zukofsky's "80 Flowers." In muskeg and yard, her study of nature bursts forth with rainworm, whorl of horsetail, and fern radiation--spring beauty in the lines, a healing potion in verse.

Field Requiem

- Sheri Benning

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Shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award 2022. Field Requiem bears witness to the violence inherent in the shift to industrialised farming in prairie Canada. Sheri Benning's poems chart the ways in which a way of life collapses, the world of the family farm, even as the speaker suffers, too. The first poem in the collection, 'Winter Sleep', is a fever dream: the borders between past and present, between the unconscious and the real, break down. The poem reckons with the devastating social and environmental impacts of the agribusiness industry. The long elegy, 'Let Them Rest', takes its cue from the Dies Irae and the Latin liturgy of the Requiem mass to mourn Saskatchewan's many ruined farmsteads and razed communities. Throughout, the poems trace the still luminous contours of love - for family, for the land - in rendering the horrors of loss. The incantatory voice rises from dream into dark vision. The book also includes lyric poems that give voice to the affective consequences of loss brought on by climate change and factory farming and renew a sense of locality in the teeth of corporate farming practices.