Speakers, poetry readings, artists and performers come together in a lighthearted protest against the prorogation of Parliament.
LATER: LAUNCH AT GALLERY 101, 301 1/2 Bank Street
doors 5:45, launch 6pm;
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING: a poetry reading and concert from the A/B Series with Monty Reid and band Call Me Katie
Edited by Stephen Brockwell and Stuart Ross
When Prime Minister Stephen Harper prorogued Parliament (for the second time in a year!) on December 30, 2009, he punted many vital bills into oblivion. But he also inspired hundreds of poems after Mansfield Press announced this government-toppling anthology. This book gathers a range of responses—from outrage to slapstick—by acclaimed poets (including Canada’s first Parliamentary Poet Laureate and several winners of the Governor General’s Award for Poetry), previously unpublished poets and, to paraphrase Stephen Harper, ordinary working Canadians.
Featuring poems by:
Sandra Alland, Larissa Andrusyshyn, Steven Artelle, Tara Azzopardi, Jonathan Ball, Gary Barwin, derek beaulieu & Andrew Topel, Jonathan Bennett, George Bowering, Shannon Bramer, Stephen Brockwell, Mike Buckthought, Alice Burdick, Stephen Cain, Chris Chambers, George Elliott Clarke, Stewart Cole, Claudia Coutu Radmore, Linda Lee Crosfield, Michael Dennis, Ann Diamond, Adam Dickinson, Christopher Doda, Mark D Dunn, Amanda Earl, Hermann Eberl, Amatoritsero Ede, Maureen Egan, Chris Faiers, Laura Farina, Andrew Faulkner, Jesse Patrick Ferguson, Laurie Fuhr, Patrick Gass, yaqoob ghaznavi, David Greer, Gwendolyn Guth, Nathan Hauch, Jamie Hawes, Jason Heroux, Joanna Lilley, James Lindsay, Jeanettes Lynes, Nyla Matuk, clay mccann, Marcus McCann, christine mcnair, Peter McPhee, kevin mcpherson eckhoff, Bruce Meyer, George Murray, Leigh Nash, Lillian Necakov, Fraser Nelund, The Poets of Nova Institutio, Vincent Ponka, K.I. Press, Robert Priest, Michael Eden Reynolds, Stan Rogal, Joe Rosenblatt, Stuart Ross, Ingrid Ruthig, Jeremy Sandler, Greg Santos, Brenda Schmidt, Guy Simser, Jim Smith, H. Masud Taj, Daniel Scott Tysdal, Priscila Uppal + Steve Venright