Sub Rosa

By Stan Rogal

Sub Rosa
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Stan Rogal starts Sub Rosa, his seventh collection of poetry, by defining the rose as a highly complex symbol. Sub Rosa is also highly complex, and often symbolic. Structured around the vibrantly sensuous paintings of Jacquie Jacobs, Rogal composes poems infused with pop-culture, ... Read more


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Stan Rogal starts Sub Rosa, his seventh collection of poetry, by defining the rose as a highly complex symbol. Sub Rosa is also highly complex, and often symbolic. Structured around the vibrantly sensuous paintings of Jacquie Jacobs, Rogal composes poems infused with pop-culture, mythology and irreverence. Each painting suggests the theme(s) for the poems following it and Rogal supplies the poetic variations in the content and the structure of his poems. At times mocking, at times dark, but always unpredictable, the poems explore what the poet draws from the paintings, and then follows his flights of fantasy to their resting place. Expect classical references beside pop lyrics, dark insights beside laughter, and read for the sheer exuberance of Rogal?s love of word play.

Stan Rogal

Stan Rogal was born in Vancouver and now resides in Toronto with his painter partner and pet jackabee. He is the author of 26 books: 7 novels, 7 short story collection, 12 poetry collections, and several chapbooks. He has an MA English from York U. He once had drinks in a seedy Vancouver bar with Allen Ginsberg. Allen drank orange juice.

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