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Cassidy McFadzean Launching Crying Dress (In-Person + Streaming)

Friday Apr 12 2024 7:00 pm, Saskatoon
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Join CASSIDY MCFADZEAN and special guest LEAH HORLICK for the launch of CRYING DRESS (HOUSE OF ANANSI PRESS).

This event will be hosted live in the Travel Alcove and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream.

The poems in Crying Dress, acclaimed poet Cassidy McFadzean's third collection, explore the multiplicty of meaning that arises from fragmentation, rhythm, competing sounds, and ellipsis. Rooted in the tradition of lyric poetry, these strikingly original poems revel in musicality (rhyme, beat, and alliteration) while deploying puns, idiom, and other forms of linguistic play to create a dissonance that challenges the expected coherence of a poem. From the ghosts and gardens of Brooklyn and Sicily to the clanging of garbage chutes in Uno Prii's modernist highrises in Toronto, to quiet moments of intimacy in domestic space, and the early days of sobriety and grief, Crying Dress explores the intersections between noise and coherence, the conversational and the associative, the architectural and the ecological, while reaffirming the poet's sonic, vertiginous lyricism and gift for overlooked detail.

Cassidy McFadzean is the author of three books of poetry: Crying Dress, Drolleries, and Hacker Packer. Her fiction has appeared in Joyland, Maisonneuve, and EVENT, and her debut novella is forthcoming in Dead Writers (INVISIBLE PUBLISHING, 2024). Her chapbook Third State of Being was a finalist for the bpNichol Chapbook Award. Cassidy was born in Regina and currently lives in Toronto.

Photo credit: Tony Tulathimutte

Leah Horlick is the author of three books: Riot LungFor Your Own Good, and Moldovan Hotel. She is a past winner of the Dayne Ogilvie Prize, a Stonewall Honor Title, and ARC's Poem of the Year. Last year she was the University of Calgary's Writer in Residence. She lives in Saskatoon. 

Photo Credit: Divya Nanray

See:

Crying Dress

- Cassidy McFadzean

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The poems in Crying Dress, acclaimed poet Cassidy McFadzean's third collection, explore the multiplicity of meaning that arises from fragmentation, rhythm, competing sounds, and ellipsis. Rooted in the tradition of lyric poetry, these strikingly original poems revel in musicality (rhyme, beat, and alliteration) while deploying puns, idiom, and other forms of linguistic play to create a dissonance that challenges the expected coherence of a poem. From the ghosts and gardens of Brooklyn and Sicily to the clanging of garbage chutes in Uno Prii's modernist high rises in Toronto, to quiet moments of intimacy in domestic spaces, and the early days of sobriety and grief, Crying Dress explores the intersections between noise and coherence, the conversational and the associative, the architectural and the ecological, while reaffirming the poet's sonic, vertiginous lyricism and gift for overlooked detail.