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Poet Russell Thornton Launches New Book at Rhizome!

Posted: January 29, 2007

January 29, 2007

Award-winning North Vancouver poet launches new book at Rhizome Café!

Join author Russell Thornton for a reading and signing of his new book The Human Shore ($16.95, Harbour Publishing) at Rhizome Café, 317 Broadway East, Vancouver, BC,
Thursday, February 1st, 7:00- 9:30pm.

The Human Shore is an accomplished collection of poems both grittily real and spiritual, the follow-up to Russell Thornton’s critically acclaimed House Built of Rain (Harbour 2003).

Whether describing a tidal wave, a train yard, or the ravaging effects of a wildfire, Thornton’s work is arresting and masterful. The poet covers a wide variety of places and subjects, including a woman and her child in a Thessaloniki bazaar, grief caused by a North Vancouver mudslide, a visit by raccoons, and catacombs in Lima, where “human corpses were bulldozed / tumbling over and under one another…”

Barry Dempster has called Thornton’s poems “expansive, exquisitely detailed, eloquently
transformative” and Patrick Lane deems them “impeccable in their craft.” By turns elegant and shocking—and often both at once—The Human Shore promises to leave an indelible mark on Canadian poetry.

Russell Thornton was born in North Vancouver where he now lives. He is the author of several collections of poetry and his work has won first prize in the League of Canadian Poets’ National Contest. His most recent book, House Built of Rain, was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.

For more information please call Rhizome Café at 604-872-3166 or e-mail