Pattern Recognition: A Night[wood] of Poetry

May 4, 2010 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

You are cordially invited to launch of my second collection of poetry, Patternicity, on Tuesday, May 18 at The Piston (7 pm). Official blurb below:

Jay MillAr and Jim Johnstone launch two new Nightwood titles that restitch the seems of poetic pattern, in language, in form and in relation to their previous works.

Jay MillAr’s poetry resists classification. This book, being a collection of Other Poems, is an assemblage of seemingly disparate materials—the poems are of various lengths, subjects and origins and were composed over the past ten years of this prolific author’s life. Reading this book is likened to finding a box of photographs in a thrift store; here lies a miscellany of meaning that offers an intimate view of MillAr’s “direct manner of spoken mind.”

Jim Johnstone’s Patternicity contains a suite of poems that won a 2008 CBC Literary Award and follows the author’s debut book of poems, The Velocity of Escape (Guernica Editions, 2008). As a physiologist currently completing his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, Johnstone’s work is informed by a scientific approach, his own corporeal environment and an exploration of “the unreliability of language, regardless of how it’s relayed.” 


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