Rachel Rose Book Launch, Marry and Burn. Presented by Real Vancouver Writers’ Series

Posted by on Oct 31, 2015 in Events, Poetry | No Comments


Saturday November 14th
Doors 7PM, entertainments 730PM
Ocean and Crow Yoga Studio
1707 Grant Street (at Commercial Drive)

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Join Rachel Rose, Poet Laureate of Vancouver (2014-2017), as she celebrates the release of her new collection, Marry & Burn (Harbour Publishing, $18.95). The launch, hosted by Sean Cranbury and Dina Del Bucchia of the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series, will take place at the Ocean and Crow Yoga Studio (1707 Grant St, Vancouver) on Saturday, November 14 from 7:00pm – 11:00pm. The event will also feature readings by Raoul Fernandes, Renée Sarojini Saklikar and Elee Kraljii Gardiner, and a musical performance by Jefferson Rose (Bass) and Naomi Siegel (Trombone). Admission is by donation and books will be available for sale.

The fourth collection from award-winning poet Rachel Rose, Marry & Burn is a journey through a troubled relationship and a troubled city, charting the territory of love and addiction, and the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. Inspired by struggles both personal and global, these are not gentle poems—they probe deep into comforting personal and cultural myths, rending them to pieces even as they expose the beauty in the bright shards that remain.

Although the language of blazing passion resonates throughout the discussion of love, longing and addiction, the driving rhythms often resemble more closely the relentless pounding of the ocean: “The sky’s cauldron / tips a black storm to swarm the harried / hawk, call, Shame! Shame! Dawn has come / in flame.” The golden glow of the ancient world, the dark sweetness of fairy tales, overlay harsh contemporary moments of rape and addiction, loneliness and poverty, casting them in the richer light of another era.

The pain of letting go, whether of love, old habits or cherished personal myths, permeates the collection. But these poems insist that once the dike has broken, once the myths have crumbled, the possibility emerges of building something new.

Rachel Rose’s work has appeared in various journals including Poetry, The Malahat Review and The Best American Poetry, as well as numerous anthologies. Her most recent poetry collection, Song & Spectacle (Harbour, 2012) won the Audre Lorde Award in the US and the Pat Lowther Award in Canada. She was the librettist for the opera When the Sun Comes Out, which grapples with fundamentalism and forbidden love. She is also the winner of the Peterson Memorial Prize for poetry and the Bronwen Wallace award for fiction, and the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes (2014 and 2016) with a nomination for a third (2016). She is the Poet Laureate of Vancouver for 2014–2017.

For more information about this event, please contact Sean Cranbury by email at seancranbury@gmail.com or by phone at 778-987-8774.