Dopamine Blunder-Lori Cayer

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ISBN: 9781988040059

PRICE: $19.95




Dopamine Blunder is a gutsy examination of happiness and what it means to be happy. In her astounding third poetry collection, Lori Cayer takes on the juggernaut role of steward of human nature and subsequently explodes the myth of happiness through a multi-faceted lens of anthropology, socio-biology, sociology, psychology, archaeology, medicine and philosophy. Hinging on erasure and found material, Dopamine Blunder investigates these fundamental questions as our millennium unfolds with equal uncertainty and trepidation.

“Lori Cayer’s Dopamine Blunder peels back one layer of happiness after another, right down to the neuro-transmitters. Not far from the circuitry of addiction, and twitchy with the irradiated secrets of love, these poems move through their own hierarchy of needs to an acceptance that is far from transcendent but very much of this world. Full of spiny regrets and forest balms, they are also full of laundry. After all, ‘it looks like someone lives here’. And for this, as for so much else in this fine new book, we should count our ragged blessings.”—Monty Reid, author of Meditatio Placentae and The Luskville Reductions

Dopamine Blunder? Here is a poetry in which algorithms inform rhythms and sense trades bons mots with nonsense. Lori Cayer knows that ‘happiness’ is an equation that spells out a comfy reality.  The poet articulates the antics of language, so that abstractions seem as sensual as the physical–and vice versa. The poet appreciates that words tend away ‘from our singular hands / our rhetorical happenings sent / from the gift economy, received at the door like / on-line orders.’ In Cayer’s vision, a diamond is ‘a light scissor, bright fossil, a hole of gravity.’ Her poems are odes to metaphysical perception.”—George Elliott Clarke, 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate

“Cayer looks at what it means to emote, to feel, and to strive to recreate those moments of happiness… a complex collection that requires rumination and exploration beyond the page into the self and the world around us.” Serena Augosto-Cox, Savvy Verse and Wit

“One of the tropes of this collection is ‘If you want to be happy, be’… Compositions move from last line to first… The poet is subversive throughout.”—Anne Burke, poets.ca

“There is much to love in Dopamine Blunder… Readers that lean toward the lyrical will find enough to feed on, and those that prefer the conceptual will be just as pleased, as Cayer’s poems manage to bridge the neural gap between the two forms effortlessly.”—Al Rempel, Arc Poetry Magazine

Photo by Jody Hudey

Photo by Jody Hudey

Lori Cayer is the author of two volumes of poetry: Stealing Mercury and Attenuations of Force. She is a former co-editor for Contemporary Verse 2 and is co-founder of the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/Prix Lansdowne de poésie. She has previously served as the Manitoba rep for the League of Canadian Poets and currently sits as secretary on the League’s National Council.

 

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Tomorrow’s Bright White Light-Jan Conn

ISBN: 9781988040141

PRICE: $19.95


 

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Acclaimed poet Jan Conn’s latest book, Tomorrow’s Bright White Light, offers poems as phenomenological guides to an approximation of a future “truth.” The collection includes poems about odd, secretive childhood events and poems that visit the badlands of adolescence from both male and female viewpoints. Some poems deal with the struggles of contemporary life in its many guises, while others derive from Conn’s time in Latin America. Obvious or not, all of the poems in this stunning collection are linked, creating a personal mosaic of the poet’s many lives and experiences.

‘“I want to be both noun and verb.’ By the time that desire gets expressed, by one speaker in one poem near the end of Jan Conn’s new book, Tomorrow’s Bright White Light, the reader has seen it fulfilled by the collection as a whole. Conn’s poetry is fully noun and fully verb, picking out very particular things doing very particular things: varnished cotton bags carrying water, termites crawling upward into clothes, screen doors collecting an eclipse of moths, polar bears crunching over crackled ice. In this extraordinary work, being and doing merge.”—H. L. Hix, author of Incident Light and Legible Heavens

“Any reader of Jan Conn will be made aware of her philosophical voice which she seamlessly blends with her poetry, dexterously heightened by scientific language or heightened diction… As poet, she experiences altered states, the internal floats, a dislocation of time and space, multiple places, shifting shapes and mixing metaphors… the qualities of a dream.”—Anne Burke, poets.ca

“The humanity and vulnerability of Conn’s voice, which shows itself in controlled glimpses, is one that measures its surroundings, and finds hope in that place where two modes of attention, objectivity and sensitivity to beauty, meet each other with profound respect.”—Sonnet L’Abbé, Malahat Review

Photo by Carl Schlichting

Photo by Carl Schlichting

Canadian poet Jan Conn was brought up in southeastern Quebec. She now lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and is a professor of Biomedical Sciences whose research is focused on the genetics and ecology of mosquitoes. She has published eight previous books of poetry, most recently Botero’s Beautiful Horses and Edge Effects.

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Tourist-Lara Bozabalian

Tourist CoverISBN: 9781988040066
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Opening with an aubade for the labyrinthian corners of Bombay’s largest slum, Tourist is a collection that is unafraid of shadows, and aims to unearth the unseen. Set across time and landscape—modern day Michigan, 1970’s Cambodia, WWI England, the kaleidoscopic mindscape of an Alzheimer patient—these poems draw us into lives that, initially, seem foreign, yet provoke our solidarity in the face of disorientation—a boy facing his first bankruptcy, an elephant facing destruction at the hands of poachers. The book culminates in ‘Beethoven Walks’, an elegiac war cry from a man who wades in and out of darkness like a modern day Odysseus, and the churning resilience that sets him free.

“Wakefulness is poet Lara Bozabalian’s traveling companion in her new collection, Tourist. Her lines are long with an inviting tendency to wander. Her similes are startling, her descriptions dressed to kill.”—Barry Dempster, author of The Burning Alphabet and Disturbing the Buddha

“With its lush imagery and eye for resonant detail, its rhythm born from Lara’s rich history in spoken word and performance, Tourist will more than satisfy your literary wanderlust.”—Carolyn Smart, author of Hooked and Careen

“Bozabalian’s travels, both geographical and imaginative, make for compelling reading. A refreshingly assured and original book.”—Alexandra Oliver, author of Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway and Let the Empire Down

“Lara Bozabalian is a poet with a deft understanding of emotional and physical distance. Wherever she places her readers in time or place, she is reliably available as an earnest, expansive guide. Tourist is full of curious, public-hearted poems.”—Jacob McArthur Mooney, author of Folk and Don’t Be Interesting

“Channelling Escher the artist/architect and his intricate alleyway… expresses hidden emotions… by means of a kaleidoscope.” Anne Burke, poets.ca

“There is something about Lara’s writing that is magical to me.”—goodreads.com

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Photo by Alysia Dobie

Lara Bozabalian is an award-winning writer, and author of the bestselling collection of poetry, The Cartographer’s Skin. In both 2014 and 2015, Lara was named Toronto’s Best Poet in the Now Magazine Best of Toronto Poll. She has featured at TEDxIB and lectured, workshopped, and performed her work at several Canadian universities.

 

 

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Tangle – Julie Cameron Gray

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ISBN: 9781926639574




Teetering on the brink of longing and the downtrodden, Julie Cameron Gray’s poetic debut explores isolation and the distance between human understanding and human experience. Her poems showcase the relationship between people and their work, urban living and the fringe existence of “wild” animals, the flaws that relationships tend to encompass despite best intentions, and the mysteries inanimate objects hold. Tangle is a verdict, a web of dysfunction, and an alibi.

“Julie Cameron Gray has achieved something crucial, but too rare, in today’s world of rapid change: how to be true to a sense of the new through an energizing sense of continuity with the imaginative richness of the past. . . . If we value zestful continuity as part of an allegiance to exploration and change, Julie Cameron Gray is a poet to watch.”  —Roger Nash, author, Something Blue and Flying Upward

“This is a compact collection of distilled, mature poetry.”—Anne Burke, League of Canadian Poets

“All in all, a delightful read”—goodreads.com

Julie Cameron Gray is the author of the chapbook Coordinating Geometry, and her poetry has appeared in Carousel, Contemporary Verse 2, Event, Fiddlehead, and PRISM International as well as the anthology Best Canadian Poetry in English 2011.

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