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Award-winning Ontario poet launches new book at Mitziís Sister!

Posted: Feb. 07/07

January 29, 2007

Award-winning Ontario poet launches new book at Mitzi’s Sister!

Join author Chris Banks for a reading and signing of his new book The Cold Panes of Surfaces ($16.95, Nightwood Editions) at Mitzi’s Sister, 1554 Queen St. West, Toronto,
Sunday, February 11th, 6:30pm.

The Cold Panes of Surfaces is the moving second collection of poems from award-winning author Chris Banks.

Rooted in the pastoral tradition of Wordsworth, Frost and Wallace Stevens, The Cold Panes of Surfaces describes the Southern Ontario landscape of trains, lakes, moose and pine with unflinchingly sharp image and metaphor. In so doing, he brings to it a distinctly modern edge, meditating on “the rent we are paying to the planet for our waning lives.” Here, beetles become “child kamikazes…a wallpaper of yellow-winged flames” and the planet is a “Museum of Natural Beauty.”

Banks takes imaginative leaps into the worlds of a magician’s assistant, a fifteenth-century Japanese poet, and the Muse. Most of all, these poems eloquently describe childhood, loss in all its forms, the vagaries of relationships, and being “a sullen young man / caught in the world’s fist.” The Cold Panes of Surfaces is a remarkable collection, and a fitting follow-up to Banks’ award-winning first book Bonfires.

Chris Banks was raised in the Ontario communities of Bancroft, Sioux Lookout and Stayner. His first book, Bonfires, won the Canadian Authors Association Jack Chalmers Poetry Award and was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award. His poetry has appeared in the Literary Review of Canada, Carousel and The Antigonish Review. Banks is an English and creative writing instructor at Bluevale Collegiate Institute in Waterloo, Ontario.

Praise for Chris Banks’ first book, Bonfires:

“Banks piles image upon image, creating a landscape where ‘everything disassembles itself / into some new clarity’...[In the book’s travel poems] what Banks does with sweet, subtle efficacy is lead the reader through his own scattered thoughts, so that while we’re exposed to his disorientation, we know exactly where we are.” —John Lofranco, Books in Canada

“[Banks’ work] manages to combine humour and
breathlessness in a way that Canadian poetry seldom does.”
—Emily Schultz, Broken Pencil

For more information about the event, please call Mitzi's Sister at 416-532-2570 or e-mail