You Might Enjoy Attending: Launch of “Exploding Into Night” by Sandy Pool
Tomorrow, Sunday the 6th, at Bar Italia (582 College St.) Guernica Editions launches three new books by poets celebrating their first published collections. I’m sure the other two poets are fine and dandy, but I’d like to throw my voice behind Sandy Pool and her new collection, Exploding Into Night.
Sandy is a small-press regular who has been published by most of our top literary magazines, won a selection of nifty prizes, and had the unique pleasure of my company for two years at the University of Guelph MFA Program in Creative Writing.
Guernica, on the other hand, is an odd operation. In the past, I’ve angered certain pitchfork-waving townsfolk (scroll down) by saying on the internet what everyone already says amongst themselves, that their book design and marketing are both a little suspect. However, they tend to find good poets, and if you can ever locate their titles in actual stores, you are often rewarded with surprising new voices.
Case in point, Pool’s book is a long poem that takes as its starting point the infamous 2005 murder of Rose McGroarty, a much-loved member of Vox Pop’s own newly adopted neighbourhood, Parkdale. The manuscript contains many voices: that of victim, killer, neighbourhood, and city. Feminist, humanist, variably mad-as-hell and eerily dead eyed, it should be a good read. So come listen.