Michelle Brown & Klara du Plessis Palimpsest Launch

Come on out to La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Thursday, April 26th, at 7pm, for the long-awaited celebration of Palimpsest Press' Spring 2018 poetry titles! Featuring:

Michelle Brown - Safe Words
Klara du Plessis - Ekke

with special guest reader Fawn Parker launching her Anstruther Press chapbook Weak Spot.


Originally from Victoria, BC, Michelle Brown lives in Toronto with her husband and three-legged dog Bo. Previously shortlisted for CV2's Young Buck poetry prize and longlisted for the CBC poetry prize, Safe Words (Palimpsest Press, 2018) is her first full-length collection.

Klara du Plessis is a poet, residing in Montreal, but growing up in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Klara’s chapbook Wax Lyrical—shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Award—was released by Anstruther Press in 2015. Poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in print and online. She curates the monthly, Montreal-based Resonance Reading Series and is the editor for carte blanche.

Fawn Parker is a writer from Toronto. She is the author of Looking Good and Having a Good Time (Metatron, 2015) and is co-founder of BAD NUDES Magazine. She is the recipient of the 2017 Irving Layton Award for Fiction for her story “Wunderhorse II.” She lives in Montreal with her cats Jerry and George.


Multilingually inflected, Klara du Plessis’ first collection of poetry explores the multiplicity of self through language, occupying a liminal space between South Africa and Canada. A sequence of visceral, essay-like long poems, du Plessis’ writing straddles the lyrical and intellectual, traversing landscapes and fine arts canvases. Ekke is a watershed debut from one of Canada’s most exciting young voices.

From a student’s confrontation with a teenage streaker, to a company man’s complete undoing at his summer party, Michelle Brown’s Safe Words finds rich darkness in happy partnerships. A maiden name is “handed down / like a sweater”, a taxi ride “ends… at someone else’s life”. Played against a backdrop of pop culture, late-night swagger and vivid imaginary landscapes, Safe Words is the rare poetic debut that delivers passion and control, wielding humour and empathy in equal parts.

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