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Roger Farr’s IKMQ up for the Livesay

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IKMQ, by Roger FarrGabri­o­la Island res­i­dent Roger Farr’s IKMQ has been named as a final­ist for the Dorothy Livesay Prize, award­ed annu­al­ly to a dis­tin­guished book of poet­ry by a BC writer. Win­ners will be announced on May 4 at the annu­al BC Book Prizes awards din­ner, host­ed by British Columbia’s Lieu­tenant-Gov­er­nor Judith Gui­chon at Gov­ern­ment House in Vic­to­ria.

This is Farr’s first appear­ance as a final­ist for a BC Book Prize. IKMQ, which con­sists of 64 brief prose pas­sages that fol­low the exploits of four “char­ac­ters” — the let­ters I, K, M, and Q — through a series of lan­guage sce­nar­ios. It is Farr’s third book of poet­ry, fol­low­ing Sur­plus (2006) and Means (2013). It is extreme­ly grat­i­fy­ing to see all that hard work and excel­lence final­ly pay off for Roger.

Slight­ly dis­ap­point­ing is Farr’s omis­sion from the BC Book Prizes Tour (par­tic­i­pants are cho­sen by draw), as we had visions of him read­ing from selec­tions like “P.O.V.” and “Fine Bub­ble Hash” to a Grade 6 class in Ter­race. More seri­ous­ly, it is encour­ag­ing that there is room in the BC Book Prizes for work such as IKMQ, which chal­lenges con­ven­tion­al views of poet­ry in terms both of form as well as con­tent / sub­ject mat­ter.

IKMQ is avail­able from lead­ing inde­pen­dent book­sellers, Indi­go-Chap­ters, Ama­zon dot com as well as ca, and from our own web­site.