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Michael Turner launches 9 x 11 on 9/11 at Massy Books

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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.”