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Accomplished Atlantic Poet Explores Humanity's Eternal Search for a Sense of Belonging.

Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2008

On Wednesday, November 5 at 7:30pm John MacKenzie will launch his new collection of poetry, Letters I Didn’t Write, at Baba’s Lounge (81 University Avenue, Charlottetown). Musical guests Nudie and Catherine MacLellan will also be performing.

Letters I Didn’t Write is a brilliant and contemplative collection of poems imbued with a sense of longing for opportunities lost and lives unfulfilled.

Acclaimed poet John MacKenzie explores a range of subjects, from the tragedies of war to the musings of a discouraged physics major to the violent end of Spanish poet Ferderico Garcia Lorca. At the centre of MacKenzie’s collection is a series of poems inspired by country singer Hank Williams, “an angel from Montgomery/who has written himself like a virus into music.” The poems, which read like songs, address Williams’ struggles with alcoholism and his untimely death at age 29.

John MacKenzie was born on Prince Edward Island in 1968. His first book, Sledgehammer and Other Poems, was shortlisted for the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Gerald Lampert Award for Best First Book of Poetry in Canada, and received rave reviews. He is also the author of Shaken by Physics, a collection of poems that fuses science and mythmaking. He lives in Charlottetown, PEI.