Barclay’s collection has been previously shortlisted for the 2015 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, and received the 2016 LitPop Awards for Poetry and the Reader’s Choice Award for the 2016 Walrus Poetry Prize. Her poetry has been called “witchy and wise, erotic and tender” by Matrix Magazine, and The Puritan calls the collection “a testament to the intricacies of, and possibilities within, language.”
The Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, established in 1986, is awarded annually to the best collection of poetry by a resident of British Columbia. Other nominees include Rob Taylor, Anne Fleming, Richard Therrien and Juliane Okot Bitek. The winner will be announced at the 33rd Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday, April 29, 2017, in Vancouver.
Expect Something and Nothing at Once is the cinematic depiction of Michelle Elrick’s poem of the same name from her forthcoming collection, then/again. The film, written and directed by Elrick, was filmed in Winnipeg and has screened internationally and was awarded Best Cinematography at the Suffolk International Film Festival in 2013.
expect something and nothing at once: a car coming down the road,
a tilted x, a feeling of enough enough/a rapture love. count: two
days without sleeping, three hours spent hiding, seventeen years
of limiting love and one long highway, the way it dips and caresses
the shouldering hills. wait with squint and exhaustion: breath
condensed on a cold brass hinge, fields scraped clean of snags
and novelty. wander in/out of rooms with a mirror under your chin.
climb out of the bed, the window, the car and threadbare drapery
of blue velour: gold exponential on the carpet. don’t talk, listen
to the curve of this particulate. stare at the cabin past the dim
of trees: its red roof, the taste of warm tomato.
the mountain rises under your knees: algae, juniper. humming
hydro electric box: (red rover, red rover) call and careen, your name
still ringing, still ringing, drawing circles around your face, around
the many lips of the rose’s middle. gulls follow the tractor,
picking out dew worms. sunset between Olympic and North Shore,
grazing red and spotted land of white and orange stars. clouds pass
behind the tree: you say the name of the book you are reading,
I touch your leg under the table, we leave the condom on the desk
(how many brothers/sisters do you have?). mathematics of hunger,
of silence, noise. the universe expands beyond dead stars shining.
asymptotic crush. the things that used to be true.
Michelle Elrick launches then/again at McNally Robinson in Winnipeg on March 25, 2017.
The frost is receding, the days are growing longer, and spring is near, which means we are looking forward to an exciting new season of books!
Out now is the biography of Jean Armour, wife to the infamous Scottish poet Robbie Burns. In Should Auld Acquaintance: Discovering the Woman Behind Robert Burns, Melanie Murray travels to the small Scottish village of Mauchline to reveal the woman who, like many left in the shadow of famous writers, is a highly influential yet oft neglected character in history. Murray traces the life of Armour, reflecting on her own experiences that mirror those of the woman who is, at last, given a voice.
The Clothesline Swing is Ahmad Danny Ramadan’s first novel in English, but the author has been widely published across platforms including The Guardian and the Washington Post. This foray into fiction depicts the relationship of two Syrian refugees seeking a new home in Canada as they reflect on their tumultuous past in Damascus and the persecution they faced for their homosexuality. It is a story of courage and hope, shadowed by the presence of Death, biding his time until he must enact fate. The Clothesline Swing will be available in May 2017.
Our highly anticipated new collections of poetry include Michael V. Smith’s Bad Ideas and Michelle Elrick’s then/again, both of which are featured in the CBC Spring 2017 Books Preview. Smith is the award-winning author of the memoir My Body is Yours, published in 2015, and was the winner of the inaugural Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers. Bad Ideas can be found in stores in May 2017.
Michelle Elrick’s work has appeared in a number of publications, including Poetry Is Dead and Event, and she was a finalist in the 2015 CBC Poetry Prize. Her collection then/again will be available in April 2017.
Rounding out our trio of poetry is Rodney DeCroo’s second collection, Next Door to the Butcher Shop. DeCroo is a Vancouver-based singer/songwriter, and previously published Allegheny, BC with Nightwood Editions in 2012. Next Door to the Butcher Shop will be released in May 2017.