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A Nightwood Editions title, distributed by Harbour Publishing

ISBN 13: 978-0-88971-343-7
ISBN 10: 0-88971-343-X
6 x 9 - 256 pp
November 2018
CAD$22.95 • USD$22.95

What the Poets Are Doing

edited by Rob Taylor

What the Poets Are Doing is a collection of conversations between millennial and Generation X poets focusing on the role of poetry and poets in the twenty-first century.

Book Description

In 2002, Nightwood published Where the Words Come From: Canadian Poets in Conversation, a successful first-of-its-kind collection of interviews with literary luminaries like Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Margaret Avison, Patrick Lane, Lorna Crozier and P.K. Page, conducted by “the younger generation” of poets of the day. Sixteen years later, it is this one-time “younger generation’s” turn to be the interview subjects of a dynamic new crop of millennial poets publishing their early works in a very different time. An exciting “turn of the century” has evolved into a century characterized by social and digital media, the Donald Trump presidency, #MeToo empowerment and scandal, and Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation.

Should we look to our poets as our most articulate analysts and critics of these times? Are they competing with social media or at one with social media?

Poets in Conversation:

Elizabeth Bachinsky and Kayla Czaga

Linda Besner and Sue Goyette

Tim Bowling and Raoul Fernandes

Dionne Brand and Souvankham Thammavongsa

Marilyn Dumont and Katherena Vermette

Armand Garnet Ruffo and Liz Howard

Steven Heighton and Ben Ladouceur

Sina Queyras and Canisia Lubrin

Karen Solie and Amanda Jernigan

Russell Thornton and Phoebe Wang

Afterword co-written by Nick Thran and Sue Sinclair