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Shane Rhodes Launches New Poetry Collection in Ottawa!


Posted: March 8, 2011

Join award-winning Ottawa poet Shane Rhodes as he launches his fourth poetry collection, Err (Nightwood Editions), in Ottawa this April. The launch will take place as part of the Plan 99 Reading Series, at The Manx pub (370 Elgin St.) beginning at 5pm, on Saturday, April 2.

Sex, booze, war and wordplay collide loquaciously in Err, the latest book from innovative and accomplished poet Shane Rhodes. Tackling everything from AIDS to martinis with effortless style and wit, Rhodes shakes up a verbal cocktail of vibrant musicality in this delightfully distinctive collection.

Err is published by Nightwood Editions. For more information on the launch, please call The Manx at (613) 231-2070.

Shane Rhodes is the author of The Wireless Room (NeWest Press), which won the Alberta Book Award for poetry, Holding Pattern (NeWest Press), which won the Archibald Lampman Award, and The Bindery (NeWest Press), which won the Lampman-Scott Award. His poetry has also appeared in a number of Canadian poetry anthologies, including Breathing Fire 2 and Seminal: The Anthology of Canada’s Gay Male Poets. Rhodes lives in Ottawa, Ontario, and is the current poetry editor for Arc, Canada’s only national poetry magazine.

Err is divided into four themed sections, each of which focuses on a different sphere of life and creativity. “Spirits” amends the current scarcity of drinking poems with humourous, effervescent musings, whereas “Bodies” looks at the ravages of sex, disease and death. “The Cloud Chamber” traces the breakdown of language and sound into poems that interrogate letters, phonemes and jargon, while “Dark Matter” investigates new ways of writing and thinking about poetry.

A master of alliteration, allusion, rhyme and rhythm, Rhodes shakes up a verbal cocktail of vibrant musicality that appeals to the imagination and remains in the memory. This distinctive collection makes for delightful, unusual and engaging reading.