Jun 26, 2014
This week's Snapshots feature younger and emerging writers in honour of our Poetry Lives Here! campaign. The following books are three examples of the new and emerging voices in Canadian poetry today. Each of these debut collections grab us with their unique use of language and show us the importance of writing and being heard.
Failure to Thrive
Suzannah Showler holds an MA in creative writing from the University of Toronto. She was the winner of the Matrix LitPOP Award for Poetry in 2012, and was a finalist for the 2013 Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Her debut poetry collection Failure to Thrive began as her Master's thesis and evolved through her mentorships with writers such as Ken Babstock and Roesmary Sullivan. But the narrative voice in Failure to Thrive is entirely Showler's own, and it is a powerful one as well. Her navigation between the funny and the broken is both startling and captivating, and makes us wonder whether the two are more similar than we might think. Failure to Thrive promises to be the first of many strong books from Showler.
Coach House Books
Brecken Hancock's is Reviews Editor for Arc Poetry Magazine and Interviews Editor for Canadian Women in the Literary Arts. Broom Broom is her first book of poems and, like Showler, is sure to be one of many. The poems in Broom Broom are not only unlike other Canadian poetry, but they also have a uniqueness from one another. That is not to say that Hancock does not have a strong voice (because she does) but that she has a seemingly endless imagination. The poems in Broom Broom are painful, funny, devastating, and beautiful. They simply deserve to be read.
Steven Artelle has a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Western Ontario. In 2013, Angel House Press published his chapbook four hundred rabbits, an excerpt from a work in progress. Metropantheon is his first collection of poetry, and a great introduction to Artelle, if you haven't read him yet. Artelle makes Canadian poetry feel new with his raw and unique poetic voice which turns the everyday into the mythological with his precise imagination. Metropantheon's strong poems are right up there with, as he puts it, "all the arts that pierce the clouds."