It’s nearly time to launch my first book. Which may or may not be more exciting for me than for you, but I would be VERY pleased to see people at one or both of these events over the next month or so...
We quite deliberately set the launch for a Wednesday, which is, according to the dictionaries I've consulted, commonly known as hump-day.
If you’re wondering which to attend, I’d prefer you to come May 5 but wanted to give people with ironclad commitments the chance to come say hello and have a gander at the book.
Also, if you know anyone that might be interested in either event, please feel free to pressgang them!
(The book is available for pre-order now thru McNally Robinson, or, if you prefer, directly from Palimpsest.)
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When: Tuesday April 27, 7 pm
Where: Aqua Books, 274 Garry Street
What: Short reading to support out-of-town poets Sandra Ridley & Jennifer Londry
When: Wednesday May 5, 8 pm
Where: Prairie Ink Restaurant in McNally Robinson, Grant Park Mall
What: Hump launch!
Hump (Palimpsest Press, 2010) is a mash-up of pregnancy-and-mothering poems and urban/nature/love poems that functions as an anti-sentiment manifesto from Winnipeg writer Ariel Gordon. Month by month, stanza by stanza, Gordon attempts to adequately represent the wonder and devilment of being-with-child. Hump is a love poem written simultaneously to a father and child, to a lover and the glimmer in his eye, and to a city that is gritty, faded, but still greener-than-most.
"Ariel Gordon is superbly, supremely, a poet of the body. She finds words for the physicality of the forest, of the garden, of pregnancy. Hump speaks the erotics of being alive and being in love with being alive." -- Robert Kroetsch