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Aphelion and A Revision of Forward

Jenna Butler and Wendy McGrath Book Bundle 7 - Aphelion and A Revision of Forward | 168 Pages December, 2017 2017 Holiday Book Bundles

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About Aphelion

Aphelion is about distances, simultaneously belonging to two countries but being rooted in neither. In her first collection, poet Jenna Butler fluently explores this rift, sounding out the meaning of home from the perspective of a British-born Canadian. Written in experimental free verse and containing a selection of anti ghazals, Aphelion’s subject matter, physical appearance on the page, and the way it is read aloud all reflect these elemental distances.

About A Revision of Forward

  • WINNER OF THE BOOK DESIGN AWARD AT THE 2016 ALBERTA BOOK PUBLISHING AWARDS!
  • HONOURABLE MENTION FROM THE ALCUIN SOCIETY AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN BOOK DESIGN IN CANADA!

By turns tender and rough-hewn, and always structurally inventive, the poems in Wendy McGrath’s new collection show a writer reaching the height of her creative powers.

Whether evoking the vulgar give-and-take of a men’s poker night, fleeting moments of connection between mothers and sons, afternoons spent in overgrown backyard gardens, or wondrous childhood trips to the drive-in, McGrath’s feel for the bygone details of working-class life is uncanny. The book’s highlight is the playful poetic sequence that gives the book its title, the product of a more-than-decade-long improvisational collaboration with printmaker Walter Jule, a series of not-quite-mirror poems whose meanings reflect on each other in kaleidoscopic ways.

"She has given substance top billing, and this collection is rich with detail, honing in on the most delicate, intangible moments and weaving in the raw, often conflicting beauty of city and nature, creating whole new textures with the experiences exposed within." ~ Quill and Quire