New Poetics Reader Just Published

About four years ago in my role as Managing Editor of Banff Centre Press, I attempted to initiate a book on poetics to augment the writing art & craft ‘how-to’ books already published by the Press. I had a few conversations with potential editors, but to no avail … until Vancouver poet Fred Wah agreed to take it on. He brought on British poet Amy De’Ath (now living in Canada) as co-editor as he wanted to include a younger sensibility with another perspective besides his own. The result is more even comprehensive and exciting than I envisioned.

Toward. Some. Air., published this spring, in 343 pages, features more than 40 pieces by over 50 writers, Canadian and international, pondering the art of poetry through many lenses – social, aesthetic, interventive, indigenous, digital, conceptual, and more.

Peter Jaeger writes, in the book’s ‘Contextual Essay:’ “The anthology’s title suggests a sense of movement, a direction ‘toward’ a breath of fresh air – perhaps even toward the sign air as a metonymy for psychological, physical, and social health … this anthology is marked by polyvocality, poetic and theoretical responses to the body, and a shared interest in politics.”

It includes Andrea Brady, Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Jeff Derksen, Michael Davidson, Lisa Robertson, Caroline Bergvall, Nicole Brossard, Keith Tuma, Nick Montfort, Stephanie Strickland, Sina Queyras, Daphne Marlatt, Sean Bonney, and more.

Available from Banff Centre Press or Literary Press Group/LitDistCo, or your favourite book seller.

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Steven Ross Smith, poet, performance poet, fiction and non-fiction writer has published twelve books and appeared on several performance recordings. 'Fluttertongue 3: disarray' won the 2005 Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award. 'Pliny’s Knickers,' a chapbook collaboration, won the 2006 bpNichol Chapbook Award. 'Emanations: Fluttertongue 6' was published by BookThug in 2015. Smith has performed and/or published in Canada and abroad. He also writes reviews and features on visual and book arts, artist profiles and personal musings relevant to writers. He lives in the Canadian Rocky Mountains in Banff, Alberta, and can also be found kayaking near Galiano Island, British Columbia.

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