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Adam Getty Introduces New Poetry Collection in St. Catharines

Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Adam Getty, author of the award-winning collection, Reconciliation, is back with a fresh new tour de force entitled Repose. Getty will be reading alongside a consortium of celebrated Canadian authors, including Stan Dragland and Elizabeth Wood, in celebration of Brock University’s relaunch of PRECIPICe as part of the Grey Borders Reading Series at the Niagara Artists’ Centre, 354 St. Paul St, St. Catharines on April 10th at 7:30pm.

Repose captures an image familiar to all Canadians, that of factory towns pushed to the economic periphery by larger cities. Here, silent rail-lines and empty boxcars become home to the marginalized. In his persistence to embrace these places, Getty finds hidden gems amongst the rubble. 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.

His narrative voice follows the development of western culture from ancient lands to modern industrial landscapes. Everywhere he is in search of cultural semiotics, the definition of cultural freedom, the relationship between life and production and our place within it all. 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.