Dear Ghost,

By Catherine Owen

Dear Ghost,
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Catherine Owen's latest collection is an extended love letter to her poetic influences and to the real-world objects, people, places and situations that fascinate her. Inspired by the work of John Ashbery, among others, in Dear Ghost, Owen returns to the kooky imagery and humorous ... Read more


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Catherine Owen's latest collection is an extended love letter to her poetic influences and to the real-world objects, people, places and situations that fascinate her. Inspired by the work of John Ashbery, among others, in Dear Ghost, Owen returns to the kooky imagery and humorous style she last visited with her award-winning collection Frenzy. These poems entertain immensities of sound while plumbing the depths of the psyche's surrealities, content to enter a dreamlike realm where meaning is found in the nonsensical, the utterly human and the everyday. While Owen gathers her subjects from the mundane?work, sex, acquaintances and art?she imbues them with the extraordinary quirks and uncertainties that only language can create, and the effects are dizzying.

Catherine Owen

Catherine Owen lives in New Westminster, BC. She is the author of ten collections of poetry, among them, DESIGNATED MOURNER (ECW, 2014), TROBAIRITZ (Anvil Press 2012), SEEING LESSONS (Wolsak & Wynn 2010) and FRENZY (Anvil Press 2009). Her poems are included in several recent anthologies such as FORCEFIELD: 77 WOMEN POETS OF BC (Mothertongue Press, 2013) and THIS PLACE A STRANGER: CANADIAN WOMEN TRAVELLING ALONE (Caitlin Press, 2014). Stories have appeared in URBAN GRAFFITI, MEMWEAR MAGAZINE, LIT N IMAGE (US) and TORONTO QUARTERLY. Her collection of memoirs and essays is called CATALYSTS: CONFRONTATIONS WITH THE MUSE (W & W, 2012). FRENZY won the Alberta Book Prize and other collections have been nominated for the BC Book Prize, ReLit, the CBC Prize, and the George Ryga Award. In 2015, Wolsak & Wynn published her compendium on the practices of writing called THE OTHER 23 AND A HALF HOURS OR EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW THAT YOUR MFA DIDN'T TEACH YOU. She works in TV, plays metal bass and blogs at MARROW REVIEWS.

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"Owen writes down to the bone, laying out plain and simple facts and leaving her readers to feel their way through the work. At times the subject matter seems starkly ordinary, yet there is a weight to the delivery that makes the poems seem much more momentous." - Quill & Quire

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