At 6 pm, on Sunday, April 22nd at Yellowhead Brewery, we will be launching the Crow Said Poetry series, with readings by Kayla Geitzler (That Light Feeling Under Your Feet) and David Martin (Tar Swan), the first two books in the series. We will also be showcasing the poetry of NeWest Press with readings from past years' books. Not only will books be for sale at the launch, but there will be a book bundle for purchase!
Local and NeWest poets participating in the event:
Jennifer Bowering Delisle
Rayanne Haines (reading from Meredith Quartermain's Vancouver Walking)
Matthew Stepanic (reading from Gerald Hill's Hillsdale Book)
About the Series:
To honour NeWest Press’ 40th anniversary, we’ve inaugurated a new poetry series to go alongside our Nunatak First Fiction, Prairie Play, and Writer as Critic series: Crow Said Poetry. Crow Said is named in honour of Robert Kroetsch’s foundational 1977 novel What The Crow Said. The series aims to shed light on places and people outside of the literary mainstream. It is our intention that the poets featured in this series will continue Robert Kroetsch’s literary tradition of innovation, interrogation, and generosity of spirit.
The series logo and the first two books in Crow Said Poetry were designed by the inimitable Natalie Olsen (Kisscut Design).
About the Books:
Tar Swan is a multi-voiced reckoning that surveys the mythos of the Alberta oil sands with an approach that is both lyrical and experimental. The poems feature four voices: an oil sands developer, his plant mechanic, an archaeologist excavating the remains of the operation in the present day, and a mythical swan. David Martin’s debut collection is comprised of expansive and richly written poems, built on a lore-laden language, which explore the human and environmental cost of drawing too much from the land. As the three humans come into contact with the otherworldly swan, the voices bubble and churn together, and what is distilled is a psychological breakdown paralleling the toll taken on the earth.
That Light Feeling Under Your Feet plunges headfirst into the surreal and slogging world of cruise ship workers. These masterfully crafted poems challenge perpetuating colonial and class relations, as well as the hedonistic lifestyle attributed to the employees of these floating resorts. Kayla Geitzler’s debut collection interprets isolation, alienation, racism, and assimilation into the margins as inevitable consequences for the seafaring workforce of the most profitable sector of the tourism industry.
Exploring the liminal space between labour and leisure, the poems in That Light Feeling Under Your Feet are at once buoyant and weighty, with language that cuts like a keel through the sea.