Thought to be transference, poet RM Vaughan opens himself to long for his psychiatrist. The doctor reciprocates. What unfolds in the situation, and Vaughan's poetic account thereof, Troubled, is a heart-wrenching and career-hindering abuse of power. Troubled marries Vaughan's rightful feelings of vengeance with those of a decade-later's forgiveness and will to move forward.
On Saturday, March 7, Lisa Robertson launches Lisa Robertson's Magenta Soul Whip, a collection of previously unpublished verses, essays, confessions, reports, translations, drafts, treatises, laments and utopias. The event will be held at historic Moe's Books on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, California. Joining Robertson will be influential West Coast language poet Rae Armantrout, whose latest title is Versed.
The title of Jeramy Dodds's Crabwise to the Hounds suggests a connection to circuitousness (crabwise) and surrealism (ditto), but the result is an unambiguously confident debut collection from a rich new Canadian poet. If one of the creatures from a Marcel Dzama watercolour got its paws on some John Ashbery, the result might sound like Dodds, whose voice is unmistakably local though far from provincial.
RM Vaughan's latest collection of poetry works on the tensions between betrayed and traitor. Telling the story of a therapist crossing the lines between therapist to become the speaker's lover with romance and tension and the added drama of Vaughan revealing in the endnotes that the case is autobiographical, this collection is potent and memorable. One particularly haunting piece is that of the letter Vaughan writes to the defence's legal counsel, with the therapist's name blacked out.
If Jordan Scott's stutter magically disappeared and he continued to play soccer and rugby, his life could be very different right now. Fortunately, Scott's stutter stuck around. And as luck would have it, he broke his kneecap at 19 and was forced to stay inside for the summer. It was during that recovery period when Scott began to take his first serious stabs at poetry.
Christian Bök (Eunoia, Crystallography) will appear on CityTV's Breakfast Television in Calgary on Tuesday, January 13. Tune in for a rare chance to catch the poet, renowned for his masterful performances, in the audio-visual medium!
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