Event recap: Bookthug launch with Ron Silliman and Colin Fulton

On Saturday October 5, Librairie Drawn + Quarterly was pleased to welcome poets Ron Silliman and Colin Fulton to our space to launch their new Bookthug titles: Revelator and Life Experience Coolant, respectively.

Local writer and store friend Michael Nardone graciously hosted the evening.

Colin Fulton read several poems from her collection, which examine and play with the question of how the language of politics filters into poetry, among other themes. A favourite line: "What kind of person eats ice cream in the rain?"

Ron then took to the stage and read to us from Revelator, which is part of an ongoing long poem, Universe. He estimates that he will finish this long poem in 150 years, if he's lucky, but that more likely it will take three centuries. Revelator creates a cascading interplay between the natural world and the world of capitalist consumerism, of mountains and mall parking lots jostling for space on the same "globalized" plane.

The store was comfortably packed, and the audience stuck around afterwards to chat over books and wine. Thank you to everyone who came out!

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