Year Zero

By Brian Henderson

Year Zero
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Year Zero is the time of hushed beginnings and endings, the place of naming and unnaming, where language, strange to itself, tiptoes along songlines as though following passages of Koto music. In Brian Henderson's poetry, poised and listening on this hinge of creativity, ontological ... Read more


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Year Zero is the time of hushed beginnings and endings, the place of naming and unnaming, where language, strange to itself, tiptoes along songlines as though following passages of Koto music. In Brian Henderson's poetry, poised and listening on this hinge of creativity, ontological wonder is informed by awareness of the paradoxes at the heart of language, that language wants you for itself, and that what is named, falls. Whether focusing on the dying of a parent or fellow poet, or on the coming-to-be of a child, this poetry is alive with the truth that "The dead burn through us/ the not yet born."

"What a wonderful book this is! Henderson tells the old story how dear ones die, and new lives come to be. In a world that's dense, opaque, yet lit with random hints of something being uttered. The result is a marvel of passionate, glancing eloquence. I wanted it never to end." --Dennis Lee

Brian Henderson

Brian Henderson is the author of ten volumes of poetry (including a deck of visual poem-cards, The Alphamiricon), the latest of which, Sharawadji , was nominated for the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry in 2012. Nerve Language was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award in 2007.

His work, both critical and poetic, has appeared in a number of literary journals. He has a PhD in Canadian literature and is the director of Wilfred Laurier University Press. He has served as the president of the Association of Canadian University Presses, the treasurer of the Association of Canadian Publishers, and as a board member of Access Copyright, as well served on juries for the Manitoba Arts Council, the League of Canadian Poets, the Kitchener Public Library, and others. He is currently on the board of the Access Copyright Foundation and lives in Kitchener, Ontario, with his wife, Charlene Winger.

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