Contrary | Ruth Roach Pierson

Contrary, by Ruth Roach PiersonISBN-13: 9781926639338
Price: $12.95-special sale price!
Pub Date: 2011

Longlisted for 2012 ReLit Award




Governor General’s Award finalist Ruth Pierson’s third collection of poetry articulates the oppositional emotions that develop with the loss of a loved one. While humour, fond remembrance, and wry awareness break through, contrariness tinges many of the poems in this collection, a contrariness rooted in rueful self-examination, in feelings of living at cross purposes with the expected and the polite, of seeing the world aslant. At the heart of Contrary is an unflinching portrayal of the emotional maelstrom that overtook the poet as she faced the dying and death of her only brother. These are poems that mount an opposition, poems that contradict and argue, sometimes in jest, sometimes in deadly seriousness, poems that read unexpected messages into paintings and photographs, poems that are attuned to the dialectic undercurrents of living.

Ruth Roach Pierson took up the pen in pursuit of poetry after a distinguished career in academia. Her poems have appeared in ARC, Event, The Fiddlehead, Literary Review of Canada, The Malahat Review, Pagitica, Pottersfield Portfolio, Prism International, Queen’s Feminist Review, Quills, Room of One’s Own, and Vallum as well as a number of anthologies. She lives in Toronto.

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Tightrope Books launches Jim Nason and Ruth Roach Pierson

Tightrope BooksJoin Tightrope Books at Proof, the Vodka Bar in the Intercontinental Hotel from 3 – 6 pm to launch new books by Jim Nason and Ruth Roach Pierson.

Jim Nason’s collection of shorts stories is entitled The Girl on the Escalator. The characters in theses eleven stories live in a world upside down. From the young professional who leaves her high-powered job to explore street life as a graffiti artist, to the gay man who falls in love… with a woman. Jim Nason has crafted a collection of gender- and expectation-bending stories that reveal the extraordinary and often heartbreaking truths of ordinary life.

Also being launched will be Ruth Roach Pierson’s third poetry collection, Contrary. While humour, fond remembrance, and wry awareness break through, contrariness tinges many of the poems in this collection, a contrariness rooted in rueful self-examination. These are poems that mount an opposition, poems that contradict and argue, sometimes in jest, sometimes in deadly seriousness, poems that read unexpected messages into painting and photographs.

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Ruth Roach Pierson, reading from Contrary at the Central

Ruth Roach PiersonRuth Roach Pierson will be reading from Contrary, her newly published poetry collection, in the Plasticine Poetry Series at The Central, 603 Markham Street, Toronto, on Sunday, March 20, starting at 6:00 p.m.

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Ruth Roach Pierson, reading from Contrary at the Press Club

Ruth Roach PiersonRuth Roach Pierson will be reading from Contrary, her newly published book of poems, in the Pivot Readings series at the Press Club, 850 Dundas Street West, on Wednesday, March 23, starting at 8:00 p.m.

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