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Poet Adam Getty Reads in Ottawa

Posted: Monday, April 28, 2008

 Adam Getty, author of the award-winning collection, Reconciliation, is back with a fresh new tour de force entitled Repose. He will be reading poems from Repose as part of Plan 99's reading series at Manx Pub, 370 Elgin Street, Ottawa on May 3 at 5:00 pm. To hear poems from Repose, visit Rabble TV , click on 'On Demand', 'Arts and Culture,' and 'Live Poet's Society--April 24, 2008.'

Getty’s poems explore the definition of cultural freedom, the relationship between life and production and our place within it all. His literary allusions subtly illuminate the philosophies from which his poems originate, touching upon the surrealism of Breton, the critical social theory of Adorno and the poetic lessons of Dennis Lee. Getty's narrative voice follows the development of western culture from ancient lands to modern industrial landscapes. Everywhere he is in search of cultural semiotics. In traditional poetic styles, Getty’s rhythm flows seamlessly from parable to song, his personas sometimes conversing with each other or violently overlapping. Getty’s attempt to find spontaneity and a modern idiom by writing in traditional poetic styles mirrors a cultural attempt to find freedom and vitality. By meticulously studying the poetic techniques of the past, Getty has put new wine into old wineskins: he has found a voice that is erudite, disciplined and, ultimately, free.

Adam Getty’s first collection, Reconciliation, received the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the Hamilton Literary Award for Poetry, and was shortlisted for the Trillium Poetry Award. His writing has been included in Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets. Adam has worked in a number of different industrial occupations and his experiences here resonate throughout his poetry. He currently lives in Hamilton.

For more information about this event, please call Manx Pub at 613-231-2070.