LyricalMyrical’s Chapbook Launch 2013: Featuring Clews, Connors & Young
June is here and so are some new LyricalMyrical titles!
Come on out to the launch of LyricalMyrical’s Spring 2013 List: three gorgeous poetry chapbooks!
Featuring: Scarborough Songs by Pat Connors; This Cabin by Lisa Young; and the luminist poems by Brenda Clews.
Scarborough Songs by Pat Connors
Pat Connors was raised in Scarborough. More recently, he moved back for a few years, during which he had a lot of time on his hands. These poems came out of this period of self-discovery.
Bio: Pat Connors was literary curator of Big Art Book 2013, a project of Scarborough Arts. Also this year, he has had work published in Belgium, Timmins, and the Tyndale Poetry Anthology. In celebration of National Poetry Month, he was featured on the blogs of The Toronto Quarterly and the League of Canadian Poets. He is a manager for the Toronto chapter of 100,000 Poets for Change.
This Cabin by Lisa Young
This Cabin, by Lisa young, is a collection of spare and striking poems that jump right in, investigating the tension between being in the moment, and being in the mind…. These are deeply satisfying poems, that ring clear and resonate. "Maybe that's why we like / to put our nose to the glass/ and look in" with wonder to This Cabin.
—Kate Marshall Flaherty
In Lisa Young's poems getting lost is a search, a daily walk is a quest, small mishaps are a road to meaning and self-deprecation leads to the palace of wisdom. Her verse contains the crunch of leaves, the sigh of breezes, swaying grass and the dance of a lone bee. She excels at one of poetry's key magical acts: fashioning silence into words.
Bio: Lisa Young’s first poetry collection, When the Earth, was published by Quattro Books (2011). Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Rampike Magazine, Jones Av., Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, dead g(end)er, and Dragnet Magazine, among others. She is the former senior editor for Existere. She lives in Toronto.
the luminist poems by Brenda Clews
“Tell me the eternal form of you, in that burning star.” “We are solar explosions. What else could we be?” These two quotes from The Luminist Poems hint at the romance of the book (it’s a great love story – and I love the way the heroine dresses!) and at the central conflict of light and human experience as metaphors for each other, as primal energies that are subject to a thousand laws of time and place even as those laws are bent around the beating star and the pulsing heart. These are deeply thought-out and felt-through poems, as interconnected as planets of a solar system or the organs of a body, and yet they read with the seductive spontaneity of a diary. There is enormous erudition here, both in terms of science and philosophy (from Plato to Bergson) and of literary tradition (Henry Vaughan to Julia Kristeva), but the author wears her learning with the effort-concealing elegance of a dancer whose lead you trust. Her allusions are always at the service of the poet’s tale and the reader’s pleasure. (I’m reminded of Nabokov’s search for “the passion of science, the precision of poetry”.) Like the passage of light, this book can be experienced as both waves and particles: as irresistible forward movement in an unbroken line and an archipelago of individual thoughts. And what thoughts! Few modern poets are so generous, so companionable, so easy to commit to memory. Few writers are so able to combine turbulence and passion with serenity; and for this reader it’s the equilibrium between pain and peace that makes me feel that my own struggles have been seen from afar, recognized from up close, and given a shape that lets me face them, and, finally, bless them.
Bio: Brenda Clews is an African-Canadian writer born in a small mining town in Zimbabwe who lives in Toronto, Canada. She is a multi-media artist whose approach to a topic may include poetry, painting, theory, dance, recordings, and video. Brenda has done art shows and has several publications to her credit. She cites her years spent barefoot, living in a compound of mud huts, with many wild animals and the wonderful Ndembu people, in the jungle of Kafue National Park in Zambia, for her deep resonance with an African tribal spirituality and perspective on life that remains fundamental to her work. Brenda's art focuses on the plethora, the multiple callings, the obsessive muse, the prism rather than the spotlight, or on multiple spotlights, on ways for living with split impulses. She says, "Where else do you flee? How else do you combine yourself?"
You won't want to miss such a fantastic evening!
*ADMISSION IS FREE. CHAPBOOKS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE. Food and beverages available through Q Cafe.*