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Daphne Marlatt’s new collection, Reading Sveva ($19.95), was our first Fall 2016 book of poetry to come back from the printer, in time for WORD Vancouver. And does it ever look beautiful! Marlatt’s poems respond to the works of the late painter Sveva Caetani, whose paintings are reproduced in full colour in this book, beautifully illuminating the poetry.
Stephen Collis’s Once in Blockadia ($18.95) came next, also in time for WORD. Collis was recently interviewed about this book and his activist work in Burnaby Now: “When pipeline politics meet poetry,” and he launches the book at a couple of upcoming Vancouver events.
In Slick Reckoning ($16.95), Ken Belford writes through and beyond his experience of cancer, building thoughtful yet playful poems that the curious reader can open anywhere, read, and read on.
We are also pleased to welcome Danielle LaFrance to the Talon poetry list. Her new book, Friendly Fire, interrogates the male subjective experience of war and “brotherhood.” Order your copy of Friendly Fire today for $18.95.
Finally, we welcome Anahita Jamali Rad. Her debut collection, for love and autonomy, explores radical resistance in language. It is now available for $16.95.
Join four out of five of these poets (Belford is not able to attend) on October 20 in Vancouver for our big fall launch!
Critically acclaimed poet and Vancouver native Adeena Karasick was in her hometown last month to celebrate the donation of her archive to Simon Fraser University. The Collection of Contemporary Literature at SFU’s Bennett Library contains one of the biggest selections of avant-garde poetry in North America.Friday March 17, 2017 in Meta-Talon
All the main characters in this novel are invented, except one. All the towns are real, except for New Babylon. But if such a place were to be imagined, it would be a Wild West town where gunfights are fair play and the law bans only the lawman. It is a perilous place, where the beauty of the desert landscape takes your breath away with the same power as an open blade and a gash to the throat.
On that gruesome note, we hope you enjoy this teaser, lifted from pages 36–38 of In Search of New Babylon.Thursday March 2, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Today on Meta-Talon, please enjoy a very short story from M.A.C. Farrant’s book The Days: Forecasts, Warnings, Advice.
Annual Day happens once a year and it is never good. This year the date is March 2.Thursday February 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Migration – the movement of humans from one place to another with the intention of settling – has been top of mind in recent weeks given certain political changes and policy implementations in certain western countries, in recent months in response to the failure of state in Syria and the outflow of refugees from that region, and in recent years characterized by a heightened sensitivity to the possibility of east-west terrorist attacks. Perhaps Canada is a beacon to other states? Or perhaps we still have much learning to do? In the spirit of learning, we recommend twelve Talon books on the topic of migration, refugees, and the immigrant experience.
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