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Rua da Felicidade :: Montreal poet Ken Norris’s journey to the far, far West


9781554200689-voyage-3DKen Norris, the New York-born Montreal writer long associated with the “Vehicule poets”, releases his new book this month from New Star Books, Rua da Felicidade.

Rua da Felicidade is an actual place, a “Street of Happiness” in colonial Macau, where from the 1920s to the 1950s it was said that every desire could be fulfilled — for a price. It is a book written against the appropriative gesture, against the grain of what we too often believe we can possess for a price. Instead, the book turns on the seams of its signatures, where the spine connects everything that came before to everything yet to come, where “When you reach the middle / it is actually closer to the end.” It is a book in which we lose ourselves in language, where the poet “writes / a poem so intimate / he dissolves / into the ink and paper.”

Rua da Felicidade is on sale now at Archambault in Montreal, Bookmark in PEI and New Brunswick,  Bryan Prince in Hamilton, People’s Co-op Bookstore in Vancouver, Perfect Books in Ottawa, as well as from,, and New Star’s own website.