Christakos and Dodds shortlisted for Lowther and Lampert Awards

The first day of National Poetry Month brings great news for Coach House, and it's no April Fool's joke. The League of Canadian Poets announced today that Margaret Christakos (What Stirs) and Jeramy Dodds (Crabwise to the Hounds) have been shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award and the Gerald Lampert Award respectively.

The judges had the following to say about What Stirs:

"What Stirs is the breeze which 'crushes its velvet on my forearm... the air pulsing on my cheekbone,' my hair as it 'literally shimmers in the sun.' Christakos is modern, current, and relevant. She writes about what is both primary and primal. For her, emotional and physical bonds are the pulses of life. These bonds we crave as much for what is in the flesh as we do for what is man-made. Experimental and brave in style, at once colloquial and challenging, this poetry is also sympathetic to the human condition and warm in its personal stance. A book large in scope but tightly crafted, line by line. What Stirs is a real pleasure trip into poetics, a huge read that expects commitment of the reader. It is irreverent, in-your-face, audacious writing. A variety of styles, concrete and found poem elements, threaded together by performance pieces."

Crabwise to the Hounds garnered the following remarks:

"Like Glenn Gould, Jeramy Dodds plays the old and the new and the never-before-heard-or-seen and delivers, in Crabwise to the Hounds, a performance that is unwaveringly fresh. Rich with bizarre and unsettled music, exquisite detail, untold histories and the astonishing leaps of a virtuoso, this book is a gift, displaying an exultation and energy in the language rare as the vistas and beasts that inhabit its pages."

The winners will be announced at the annual LCP Poetry Fest and Conference in Vancouver on June 13, 2009.

Congratulations to Margaret, Jeramy and all the other nominees!

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