It’s that time of year when books begin to launch like there’s no tomorrow. So, with that in mind, why not join us at Massy Books on Tuesday, September 11th at 7pm for the launch of Michael Turner’s new poetry collection, 9×11: and other poems like Bird, Nine, x, and Eleven.
Dodie Bellamy has this to say about Michael’s first poetry book in two decades: “Reading Michael Turner’s extraordinary 9x11 I was reminded of Christa Wolf’s Accident, how global crisis intensifies the daily — except that in Turner’s/our current state disruption has become the new norm. Disruption both terrifies and excites the poet — the stacked monotony of skyscrapers is broken both by the horror of people leaping out of buildings and by Mallarme’s thrilling abandonment of vertical structure in “Un coup de des jamais n’abolira le hasard” (1897). All the reflections and contemplative rhymes add up to a holographic text that begs repeated reading. “9 x 11” is a date, a disaster, and the measurements of the poet’s room. For Turner architecture is a form of poetic divination, and poetry is a form of architecture. Living in a city, community is inevitable — coffee house / apartment building / poetry peers — and despite his caution, Turner’s tense heart proves very big.”
Come on out for some delicious snacks, lively guests and a great evening of poetry and other enjoyable surprises. Massy Books is located at 229 E Georgia Street (604–721-4405). Books will be on sale and why not get your signed by the author? Michael Turner is the author of books such as Company Town (1991), Hard Core Logo (1993), Kingsway (1995), American Whisky Bar (1997) The Pornographer’s Poem (1999) and 8x10 (2009).
Read this great interview Read Local BC did with Michael Turner in which the author discusses his relationship with his work and poetry. “I have come to trust poetry, but for so long I had a disingenuous relationship with it.”