In her first book, Damian Rogers tracks the transformative moment, where emotion and deep memory seek form through sound and image. Her poems tune into a stream of cosmic chatter, channeling voices that tell their stories slant, from a chaste nineteenth century utopian mystic to a chorus of crones to the radical characters of Detroit’s sixties-era radical underground. Examining the equally futile and seductive impulses to chase both chaos and perfection, Rogers taps into history and mythology as each transmission mines material that is at once personal and public.
Originally from the Detroit area, Damian Rogers now lives in Toronto where she works as the poetry editor of House of Anansi Press and as the creative director of Poetry in Voice, a national recitation contest for Canadian high-school students. Her first book of poems, Paper Radio, was nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award.
"Coolly observed and image-driven, her poems are unsettling and at times enigmatic. But they can also be spellbinding, filled with striking turns of phrase." ?Toronto Star
"Written with the confidence of a teenager carving her arm....Rogers is able to execute that most important of the poet`s tasks, seeing the atypical in the typical...An auspicious debut." ?Broken Pencil
"Damian Rogers` troubled teens, ecstatic utopians, and distracted deities are evidence of a powerful poetic storyteller...It`s rare to find a young poet so deeply invested in both her own experience and the reader`s pleasure. A splendid, memorable debut." ?Kevin Connolly
"What the cool kids will be reading." ?Afterword, National Post
"Tells us of dreams that sound like our own, shooting little arrows of insight that split the heart, revealing the shocking vulnerability of life. Paper Radio is a jewel of a book that you will want to read over and over and over again." ?Greg Keelor, singer-songwriter
"Perhaps the most attractive quality of Rogers’ voice is the meditative effect produced by certain verses, the Zen-like mindfulness that connects past, present and future experiences in a coherent, colorful continuum. ?I said oh. I said wait, hold on / I am changing into someone / completely different and better,’ the poet writes and suddenly we are all changed too. Recommended." ?Scene Magazine
"In Paper Radio, Damian Rogers emerges as a poet of startling clarity, intelligence, toughness, and tenderness." ?April Bernard, author, Blackbird, Bye Bye; Pirate Jenny; Psalms; Romanticism; and Swan Electric
"I`m rather amazed at what Toronto writer Damian Rogers achieves in her poetry collection, Paper Radio...In her first collection of poems, Rogers is writing a density with such an enviable ease, rivaling even American poet Sarah Manguso for her clear, tight wisdom and ease of thought, but in a prevailing edge and undercurrent of darkness far more wry than cut." ?rob mclennan, author, aubade