Quill & Quire calls Michael V. Smith’s new collection of poetry, Bad Ideas, a “gorgeous” offering of “awe and hope in a world that can often feel uncertain, dreamlike, and distant.” The poems in this collection explore loss and longing, sexuality and gender, all through Smith’s characteristic tone of humility and humour. Bad Ideas was listed in the CBC Books Spring 2017 Books Preview and 49th Shelf’s Most Anticipated Spring 2017 Poetry Preview, and will be available at your favourite local bookstore in May.
Smith told Nightwood that his new book of poetry came together rather organically: “I’m always tinkering with poetry. My books tend to overlap one with the other; so much of this book was written while I was working on non-fiction. One of the joys in poetry is that you get a fast hit, you know? You slog away on a book of long-form prose, but with poetry you can dip into a poem, finish it, and feel that thrill of finishing something.”
In time with the release of Bad Ideas, Smith will be touring the country to share his bad Ideas in the Dirty Spring Book Tour, alongside fellow writers Marcus McCann, Tara-Michelle Ziniuk, Pierre-Luc Landry, with visits from special guests Sarah Pinder and Ben Ladouceur along the way. Stops include Montreal, Kingston, Hamilton, Toronto, and Ottawa. He will also be reading on the West Coast, so stay tuned for more dates. For details, head to our events calendar.
The author, whose memoir My Body is Yours, published in 2015 by Arsenal Pulp Press, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, is the winner of the inaugural Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers. He is also a writer, comedian, filmmaker, performance artist, and occasional clown, and teaches creative writing at UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna. Find him on Twitter and Facebook, and check in with Nightwood Editions for more information on these and more events!