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Award-winning Hamilton Poet Launches New Collection

Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Adam Getty, author of the award-winning debut Reconciliation, is back with a fresh new collection of poetry entitled Repose. Getty will be launching his new collection at My Dog Joe’s Coffeehouse, 1020 King St. W. (Westdale) in Hamilton, on Thursday, April 24 at 7:30pm. For those who can't make it to the launch, visit Rabble TV for a live webcast of Adam's reading with Alison Pick, author of The Dream World (McClelland & Stewart).

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.

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

For more information about this event, please contact Bryan Prince Books at 905-528-4508 or 905-777-8100.