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Nightwood Authors Launch Two Books of Poetry - Toronto

Posted: May 5, 2010

Join Nightwood authors Jay MillAr (Other Poems) and Jim Johnstone (Patternicity) for the launch of their new books of poetry on Tuesday, May 18th beginning 7:00 pm at The Piston (937 Bloor Street, Toronto).

Jay MillAr’s new book Other Poems resists classification. Other Poems is a collection of seemingly disparate materials—the poems are of various lengths, subjects and origins and were composed over the past ten years of this prolific author’s life. Reading this book is likened to finding a box of photographs in a thrift store; here lies a miscellany of meaning that offers an intimate view of MillAr’s “direct manner of spoken mind.”

Jim Johnstone’s Patternicity contains a suite of poems that won a 2008 CBC Literary Award and follows the author’s debut book of poems, The Velocity of Escape (Guernica Editions, 2008). As a physiologist currently completing his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, Johnstone’s work is informed by a scientific approach, his own corporeal environment and an exploration of “the unreliability of language, regardless of how it’s relayed.”