Retail 2011: Signal Editions (Vehicule Press)
Flying through it now, we are. Next up is the poetry imprint of Montreal’s Vehicule Press, Signal Editions. Two books this season.
Author: Asa Boxer
Release Date: April
Timespan Since Last Book: Four Years
What Bumf Say: I like this bumf. It’s got music, so I’ll post the whole thing: “The poems in Skullduggery, Asa Boxer’s masterful new book, have a simple warning: trust nothing. Like the book’s hilarious final poem, which recasts Canada’s discovery as a hoax from the Middle Ages—Boxer transforms shortfalls of perception into tour de force performances. Drawing on a deepened range of forms (comic set- pieces, verse-plays, dramatic monologues) Skullduggery embraces deception as both theme and tactic. In poem after poem, encounters test the threshold of what’s real and what’s not; turns of phrase appear to say one thing, but really mean another. What is without doubt, however, is that Boxer strengthens his status as one of our most gifted young poets.”
What Google Say: I’m a big fan of this photo-rich essay on Boxer’s father, Avi Boxer, he published on the Vehicule site. Here’s four poems from the Oct 2007 issue of Jacket. I admit to not knowing if these are from Skullduggery or The Mechanical Bird, but suspect the latter. l Here’s a nice interview that begins with the question of second-generationness and works out, in Encore (the lit journal, not the in-flight magazine, tho Boxer’s been in both, as he won the 2004 CBC Literary Award, too.)
*Edit: An associate reminds me that the in-flight magazine for Air Canada is called EnRoute, not EnCore. But that ruins my segue. So I’m not going to change it. Speaking of segues, here’s the other title:
Title: The Id Kid
Author: Linda Besner
Release Date: April
Collection: Le Debut
What Bumf Say: “The Id Kid is a book about appetites. Linda Besner’s addiction to linguistic play leads to uncommonly beautiful poems: by turns sassy and sumptuous, sparkling with mischief, and marked by deep feeling. There seems little Besner won’t try. Crammed with tall tales, off-colour jokes and cockamamie theories, omnivorousness is her only rule as though she couldn’t bear to exclude anything or anyone. And the result—imaginatively abundant and formally audacious—is one of the most arresting poetry debuts in recent memory.”
What Google Say: There are two kinds of poetry debuts: the kind that come out of nowhere and the kind that arrive after the author has appeared in every single national literary magazine. This is the second kind. Besner’s poetry and reviews have appeared in The Malahat Review, Grain, The Fiddlehead, CNQ, Maisonneuve, and others. Beyond that, here’s an interview with Besner’s editor about his own work. Here’s Besner reading her own poem on How Pedestrian (Hey, that’s cheating!) And here’s an archive of her work as a producer for the CBC’s Definitely Not the Opera.
The Master List is up now, you’ll notice. Follow along.
And publishers, give me a hand if you can by emailing me an electronic catalogue. Some of you have unnavigable search functions on your websites.