Winner of the Kitty Lewis Hazel Millar Dennis Tourbin Poetry Prize
Always willing to take aesthetic and artistic risks, Stuart Ross is the author of some of Canada's most daring, and also most rewarding, poetry. Long celebrated for his surreal narratives and humorous wordplay, here Ross focuses more intensely on intimate subject matter?investigating the often complex, often absurd, but always powerful connections between loved ones. The care and delicacy with which he renders these portraits of family members, friends, mentors?and even himself?is nothing short of arresting. And readers?both those familiar with his work and those new to it?will admire the dexterity with which he juxtaposes such pieces with more audacious inventions.
Stuart Ross has been involved in literary publishing for over thirty-five years. He maintains his own micropress, Proper Tales, and is the co-founder of the Toronto Small Press Book Fair and a founding member of the Meet the Presses collective. Stuart is the author of nine books of poetry, two story collections, a previous book of personal essays, two collaborative novels, and a solo novel. He has given writing workshops across the country and, for the past two decades, has edited books for both literary and trade publishers. Stuart has his own imprint at Mansfield Press. He was the 2010 Writer in Residence at Queen's University, and the same year he won the ReLit Prize for Short Fiction for Buying Cigarettes for the Dog. In 2012, he was co-winner of the Mona Elaine Adilman Award for Fiction on a Jewish Theme for his novel Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew, and in 2013 he was awarded the sole prize to an anglophone writer by l'Académie de la vie littéraire au tournant du 21e siècle for his poetry collection You Exist. Details Follow. Stuart lives in Cobourg, Ontario, and blogs at bloggamooga.blogspot.ca.
"Stuart Ross has been publishing his irreverent poems of surrealist comedy for almost 40 years. This latest collection contains plenty of his trademark wackiness ('When facts were called for, I invented them' describes his approach in a nutshell). But there's also a touching current of angst about mortality, loss and the fleeting nature of what we hold most dear." - Toronto Star
"Predominantly composed in Ross' comfortable, comforting first-person vernacular, one can easily hear Ross? voice speak through stories of reading, family, friends and writing, as well as meditative stretches around history, sunny stretches, language and the occasional pun, all rife with his familiar neuroses, complains and concerns, and a dry, absurd humour. One might say that this collection of lyrically-dense and thoughtful poems is entirely classic Stuart Ross, and one of his strongest collections, at that." - rob mclennan's blog
"I?ve read Stuart Ross for years and been impressed by his vigorously energetic surrealism while at times perplexed by his resistance to closure, in an aural if not content-based sense. But I?ve not truly been moved by his poems in the way a wide range of the pieces in his latest, A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent stirred me. Ross is taking emotive risks in a way he hasn?t as readily in the past (age? life experiences?) and the result is much more satisfying poetically." - Marrow Reviews
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