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A reading from Hitch

Posted: August 15, 2007

Matthew Holmes, author of Hitch (Nightwood Editions, $16.95), brings a world of idiosyncratic humour to Ottawa at Collected Works Bookstore, 1242 Wellington Street West, on August 17, 2007 at 7:30 pm.

Hitch is the debut collection from New Brunswick poet Matthew Holmes. With quiet wit, Holmes introduces a world of quirk in which science is skewed, deer are hunted with alphabets, the Pope is a potato offered to a homeless woman, and a sailor comes to terms with tying the knot—one that can’t be untied.

Opening with a series of poems based on historical figures such as Degas, Baer, Avogadro and Heisenberg, Hitch immerses the reader into a world of rich details—retelling past events and taking us in new directions. These poems revitalize the everyday, showing us the author’s view from his window, his commute and even his major appliances. Readers will be drawn to Matthew Holmes’ varied subject matter, colloquial language and captivating voice.

Matthew Holmes is Chief Inspector of the bad repoesy Mfg. Co., which publishes Modomnoc, a “slightly off the wall” and “gritty” zine. He operates a 1928 antique letterpress for publishing chapbooks and small keepsakes, including poems in the “4lphabet Serials” series. He is reviews editor of Arc: Canada’s National Poetry Magazine and his poetry, photography and articles have appeared in numerous Canadian and US journals. He lives in Sackville, New Brunswick.