Tonight! 7pm! Anansi Poetry Bash!

Join us at the Librairie TONIGHT Wednesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. for the Anansi Poetry Bash! Four poets will be launching collections published by House of Anansi: Sarah Lang will launch For Tamara, Garth Martens will launch Prologue for the Age of Consequence, Anne-Marie Terza will launch The Quiet, and Matthew Zapruder will launch Sun Bear. There will be readings, refreshments, and a Q&A session!

A sampling of what to expect:

Arranged as a mother’s survival guide to her daughter, For Tamara is a touching and inventive long poem about surviving and thriving from the author of The Work of Days. It seems simple: a long letter, from a mother to a daughter, relaying the information needed to survive on this earth. But as Sarah Lang’s second book, For Tamara, unfolds, it becomes a roughly-hewn, genre-bending, post-apocalyptic survival guide.

Sarah Lang was born in Canada. She completed an MFA at Brown University. Her debut poetry collection is The Work of Days.

Garth Martens’ debut, Prologue for the Age of Consequence, is about the tar sands and industrial projects of Alberta, and the men who work in them. But to describe it as such restricts the book to its physical concerns, when in fact these are poems of great philosophical ambition, and startling ethical and psychological reach.

Garth Martens’ writing has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, This Magazine, The Fiddlehead, Prism, Vallum, Grain, and The Malahat Review. In 2011 he won the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. He has worked eight years in large-scale commercial construction. Prologue for the Age of Consequence is his debut collection. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Anne-Marie Turza's formidable debut collection presents a landscape where anything might appear, out of myth, history, or science: microscopic creatures, the pitcher Satchel Paige, toothed whales, a man on the back of a snow bear. These poems test the lyric affinity between silence, imagination, and the material world.

Anne-Marie Turza has an MFA from the University of Victoria. Her work has appeared in Arc Poetry Magazine and The Malahat Review, and the anthology The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010, among others. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Written in a direct, conversational style, the poems in Sun Bear display full-force why Matthew Zapruder is one of the most popular poets in America. Zapruder’s poems begin in the faint inkling, in the bloom of thought, and then unfold into wide-reaching meditations on what it means to live in the contemporary moment, among plastic, statistics, and diet soda. 

Matthew Zapruder has published four collections of poetry, including The Pajamaist, which won the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. His poems, essays, and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in many publications, including, Paris Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Believer.

We hope to see you then! And feel free to RSVP to the Facebook event!

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