news | Wednesday April 13, 2016
These poems try to get along with each other – but can’t. A recurring motif throughout Human Tissue ($18.95) is the overarching empty universal space surrounding life’s not-knowing. If we think too hard on it – why the statistical fluke that puts us here on this ball of dirt – we’ll have a stroke. Instead, read these poems.
Or listen to Chan reading them! He will be at the Edmonton Poetry Festival (April 20) before reading at Talon’s two big spring launches in Vancouver (April 26) and Calgary (April 28).
Weyman Chan has published poems and short stories in a wide variety of literary journals and anthologies. He won the 2002 National Magazine Awards silver prize for his poem “At work,” and the 2003 Alberta Book Award for his first book of poetry, Before a Blue Sky Moon. His second book, Noise From the Laundry, was a finalist for the 2008 Governor General’s Award for Poetry and the 2009 Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry. Chan lives in Calgary, Alberta.