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Pantone has, for the first time, blended two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity – as their 2016 Colour of the Year. We’ve selected six of each colour to help ring in the New Year!
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When a devastating fire sweeps through St. John’s, Newfoundland, in the summer of 1892, nineteen-year-old Lily Hunt hopes it’s the beginning of a new life that will transform her from a dutiful daughter to a crusader, a suffragist, and a woman in love. Twenty years later, Lily’s daughter Grace is deeply immersed in campaigning for women to have the vote. When Grace learns of her mother’s involvement in the suffrage cause, the Lily she discovers bears little resemblance to the mother who raised her. Grace sets out on a quest to discover what changed Lily, and why she wants to hide her past. A Sudden Sun plunges into the world of two Newfoundland women at the turn of a new century, exploring the timeless and tangled bonds between mother and daughter.
Agony is the first in a trilogy of long confessional poems. It uses semi-rigorous mathematical and logical constraints to view the author’s life and body, telescopically, as little bits of time and space. Everything written here is as true as possible – that is to say, pretty true. It attempts autobiography as a refutation of autobiography, and an elevation of the self as self-effacement. Love pops up as a theme quite a bit. So does self-mutilation, etc. There are a lot of numbers, but don’t worry, it’s more about politics and fantasy than numbers, even though, as usual, they show up everywhere. Just like pieces of your body after you’ve cut them off and scattered them all over the world, and then go out looking for them again, for some reason.
A love-you-love-you-not daisy petal game for the 21st century. Weave in some strange haircuts, flying carpets and two sets of twins. Oh, and did we mention the horses?
For Herménégilde Chiasson, every work of art is both a cry and a prayer. Beatitudes reflects this perspective by connecting everyday events — people losing their keys or their cellphone signals — to the universal. Sighs, silences, and human utterances all become part of an ongoing incantation that ranges from the personal to the textual, from the local to the cosmopolitan. In this postmodern “sermon on the mount,” Chiasson has created a tour de force at once compassionate and complex, thoughtful and illuminating.
A meditation on what it means to be human, Chiasson writes from a deep sense of melancholy. Exploring the common bonds of humanity, he creates a tonal montage that probes our notions of who we are and who we might become. Beginning in mid-sentence and ending not with a period but a comma, Beatitudes is Herménégilde Chiasson’s most important work to date, with beautiful lines that continue to echo long after they have been read. It will be released simultaneoulsy in French by Editions Prise de Parole.
correction line is a powerful and evocative poem sequence that reconstructs memory through ancestral connections, and personal history. The poetry is as fundamental as the southern prairie landscape in its stark realities and progressively elemental in its distinctive risks with structure and imagery. It is roots poetry, humorous, anecdotal and wise, but also original, unexpected and profound.
Harvested from the prairies, Cooleys writing fiddles with forms, swerves among the vernacular, the comical, the meditative, the linguistic, and the personal. His work exudes a strong commitment to local and contemporary understandings of writing and a continued experimentation with his postmodernist leanings.
correction line affirms Cooleys desire to break from the inexorable narrative and offer poetry its place in the everyday world, while allowing its aesthetic to claim the space and time of the Prairies in its form, cadence and meanings. As the title suggests there are lines that correct what must change, as there are lines to correct what is already known. It is through this convergence of memory and history that Cooleys poems shape understanding.
An astute verbal instinct, a love of form and a dollop of whimsy give Berger’s poems their sanity and drama.
Inspired by music, this poetry collection is composed of assonances, rhythms, musical phrases, and improvisations that outline the beginning and the end of everything that matters. Paul Savoie delves into the different dimensions of music that enable him to pierce the gray or to go through crystal, two of the pathways that give shape to his imaginary world.
Quill pen, linotype, computer: does how you write affect what you write? In with wax, derek beaulieu spurns the sentence and woos the phrase, the image and the language of printing, weaving fragments together to address the question of how publishing and printing affect writing.
The result is a series of poems – marvellous hybrids of visual, Language and lyrical poetry – that are sure to impress.