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ISBN: 9781772011401 | paperback / softback

$19.95 | 224 pages | Pub. Date: 2017
5.5 W × 8.5 H × 1.25 D inches
Poetry | Backlist | Bisac: POE011000
ISBN 13: 9781772011401 | Rights: WORLD

The Gorge
Selected Writing
By Nancy Shaw
Edited by Catriona Strang

Nancy Shaw was an award-winning poet, scholar, and critic who was formative in shifting the ground of Canadian literature and poetics. She was co-director of the influential Kootenay School of Writing (KSW) and Writing magazine, was an artist-in-residence at the Western Front in the 1980s, and served as a chair of the Vancouver New Music Society.

In a 1994 CBC interview with KSW poets Jeff Derksen, Lisa Robertson, Catriona Strang, and Shaw herself, Shelagh Rogers asked American poet Peter Gizzi to describe their work, and he said: “Their work is unbridled, valiant, and vivid. [Their] vocabulary [is] reinventing the present.”

Shaw’s work was rooted in the contemporary and deeply concerned with collaboration, the institutionalization of art, the potential of the epistolary form, and the breaking of poetic conventions by offering interdisciplinary perspectives.

In Vancouver Anthology: The Institutional Politics of Art, Shaw wrote that collaborations allowed her to “question notions of authorship and originality.” She collaborated with artists and musicians such as Eric Metcalfe, and drew from popular music to write anthems and torch songs such as “Torch Song #6” in which she asserts: “[…] burst through my song / my watery one / my singular scrap.”

Edited by Catriona Strang, who co-authored Busted and Cold Trip with Shaw, The Gorge collects a range of Shaw’s prolific writing with a focus on her collaborations and poetry.

The Gorge: Selected Writing of Nancy Shaw resumes Talonbooks’ affordable and carefully curated  Selected Writing series that began in
the 1980s.

By Nancy Shaw

Nancy Shaw was an award-winning poet, scholar, art critic, and curator. During the 1980s in Vancouver, she was at the centre of interdisciplinary collaborations, contributing as a writer, artist, curator, and critic. Just prior to her death in 2007, she was engaged in new research on McLuhan and the visual arts.

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Edited by Catriona Strang

A founding member of the Institute for Domestic Research, and former member of the Kootenay School of Writing collective, Catriona Strang is the author of Low Fancy, Corked, and Reveries of a Solitary Biker, and co-author with the late Nancy Shaw of Busted, Cold Trip, and Light Sweet Crude. She frequently collaborates with composer Jacqueline Leggatt. She lives in Vancouver with her two kids.

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news | 2017-04-06
New poetry in house, right on time for National Poetry Month!

…Kirton ( An Honest Woman ) are now available! And The Gorge , a volume of selected poetry by the late Nancy …