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The Chimney Stone Launch in Ottawa with Rob Winger

Posted: November 17, 2010

Join celebrated author Rob Winger for the launch of his anticipated book of poetry The Chimney Stone ($17.95, Nightwood Editions) at Manx Pub—370 Elgin, Ottawa—on Saturday, November 20th at 5:00 pm.

Plan 99 Reading Series presents Rob Winger, along with author Adam Sol, at the Manx. Join them for readings and to celebrate the release of Winger’s latest book The Chimney Stone

In this eagerly anticipated follow-up to his award-winning, critically lauded debut, Rob Winger’s sophomore collection, The Chimney Stone, bends the contemporary lyric into startling new shapes. Concentrating on a splendid mess of headlines, wars, politics, relationships and artistic influences, Winger’s ghazals ask us how to negotiate the complex commitments and chaotic tumult of our dailylives.

Winger not only engages in dialogue with other poets—John Thompson, Phyllis Webb, Adrienne Rich, Ghalib, and more—but also welcomes other voices, measures, and musical phrases into his couplets. Here, Rimbaud rubs shoulders with Joe Strummer and David Byrne; Dylan exchanges one-liners with Gaston Bachelard; Johnny Cash spars with the Fisk Jubilee Singers; and Gretzky makes a pass to a smooth right winger.

Drifting from razor-carved sternums, to Lhasa runways, to Southeast Asian temples and beaches, to eighteenth-century shipwrecks, bloody tanks, rusty apartheid, blind genocide and burning teddy bears, The Chimney Stone urges us to re-examine not only how we order the contemporary world, but also how we become its citizens or revolutionaries, grandparents or kids, protestors or politicians. Ethically charged, tenderly observed, and masterfully realized, Winger’s poems are a vital addition to the ghazal’s continued evolution.

This author event is made possible with support from the Canada Council for the Arts. For more information regarding Winger’s book launch in Ottawa, please call The Manx at (613) 231-2070. Books will be sold by Collected Works Bookstore.  

Rob Wingergrew up country in small-town Ontario before graduating to post-punk and new wave. His first book, Muybridge’s Horse, was named a Globe and Mail Best Book for 2007, and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, Ottawa Book Award and Trillium Book Award for Poetry. An active editor and teacher, Rob recently completed a PhD in literature and cultural studies in Ottawa. He and his family live in the folk-rock hills northeast of Toronto. His second collection of poetry is The Chimney Stone (2010).

Adam Solis the author of two collections of poetry, Jonah's Promise, which won Mid-List Press's First Series Award for Poetry, and Crowd of Sounds, which won the Trillium Award for Poetry. He is also the author of numerous essays and reviews, and teaches English at the Laurentian University at Georgian College Program. In his latest book, Jeremiah, Ohio, Sol reinvents the Biblical prophet and doomsayer Jeremiah for the postmodern age, and sends him on a reeling road trip through the strip malls and back roads of the United States with an ordinary, everyman companion, Bruce.

Rob Winger will join Hot-Sauced Words to read from The Chimney Stone at the Black Swan Tavern (154 Danforth Ave, Toronto) tomorrow, November 18th, at 8:10 pm with fellow poet Naoise Hefferon.