I feel the need to go back to the moment before I created Lemon Hound, the blog, which means, going back to the time of writing Lemon Hound, the book, a process that made me aware of my more vocal alter ego. Here she is, lounging confidently in an open window, on a bridge, in a great pool of personal silence, with time to watch the river peak.
“The scene is increasingly diverse,” observed Queyras, director of Writers Read, a Concordia University series that invites established and emerging writers from Canada and abroad to give public readings as well as master’s classes.
“There are more readings at bookstores like Drawn & Quarterly and Argo, and at galleries like VAV and Phi Centre. There are new literary undertakings such as Metatron Press and, of course, more reading series here at Concordia. When I first arrived in Montreal around 2008, it seemed the only literary scene was around a table full of beer.”
To Queyras’s mind, “a healthy writing community has a lot of different scenes, not exclusive or divisive scenes, but distinct ones, with a lot of crossover.”
read the piece here.
I’m on the move in April. Hope to see you at one of these events.
April 16th 8pm
The Graduate Poetry Reading Series: Yale
Linsly-Chittenden Hall (LC), LC 319 63 High St.
New Haven, CT 06511
Friday April 17th
Jack 505 1/2 Waverly Ave Brooklyn, 11238
Join UDP and Coach House Books for a reading with Ken Babstock, Corina Copp, Ben Fama, and Sina Queyras at JACK in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Following the reading, there will be a conversation with the poets, moderated by Mónica de la Torre and Robert Fitterman.
Sunday, April 19th
Type Books, Toronto
Poetry night with Coach House Books & Ugly Duckling Presse
Two independent presses join forces and talk poetry – join UDP and CHB for a reading and conversation with Ken Babstock, Corina Copp, Ben Fama, and Sina Queyras at Type Books (Queen W.) in Toronto. Kyle Buckley will host.
Friday, April 24th, 3-5
Berkeley Poetry Colloquium
330 Wheeler Hall
University of California, Berkeley
Saturday, April 25th 8:00pm
I am rich in reviews and so thankful for the close reading! The Bullcalf, Arc Magazine and The Kenyon Review. Ben Purkert makes a case for the elegy as selfie. Not what I intended, but he makes a compelling case.
Not all elegies, however, are necessarily selfless. Some are self-addressed. Sina Queyras’s M x T (Coach House Books, 2014) levels with the reader: “There will be no one to write an elegy for me and so I am writing my own now, I want you to keep up with me. I want you to feel the way the wind holds a bird.” Written in response to a series of deaths in the poet’s immediate family, M x T is a work of deep despair. Overwhelmed with mourning (“Water, water everywhere, my dead ones…”), Queyras confronts her sorrow with intense interiority: “I am not interested in what Bourdieu, or Kristeva, has to say about grief…. I don’t want a theory; I want the poem inside me. I want the poem to unfurl like a thousand monks chanting inside me. I want the poem to skewer me, to catapult me into the clouds.” With titles like “Sylvia Plath’s Elegy for Sylvia Plath,” M x T turns the mechanism of elegy on itself.
You created me, you should remember me; leaned your face into the canto of
…..my birth and broke air with me, breathed your best, your unrest
Into me even as you bled, and my father—a taut shock of muscle—caught me
…..as an Eagle takes a trout.
It was a rave, mother, a real wave and blue, a sprig of fur the three of us in our
…..first Pas de trois. You chewed the cord as he yanked,
Before that I was locked in the dashboard with Patsy Cline while you two
…..hurled and ducked. You bore me,
You should recall the blood you gave me, breathed your discontent, your
…..troubling, joyous, mysterious, unquenchable thirst for
Life in me: you shock of blonde, rare as Marilyn, a knubbly shudder of hose and
An edible parchment, a scroll so naïve, with such…
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Montreal: Atwater Library
Friday, October 17:
Sina Queyras and Ken Babstock
Vancouver Writers Festival
Friday, October 24,
Waterfront Theatre, 10:00AM,
Kris Demeanor, Eve Joseph, Anne Kennedy, Christopher Levenson, Sina Queyras, Katherena Vermette
Saturday, October 25
Performance Works, 8:00PM
Ken Babstock,George Elliott Clarke, Billeh Nickerson, Sina Queyras, Katherena Vermette, Patricia Young
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 7:30 PM
Reading: Esther Freud, Steven Galloway, Sina Queyras, Marcel Theroux
Round Table: Emily Gould, Emily Lindin, Anna Todd & Sina Queyras, hosted by Mark Medley.*
*Note the title of this panel has changed since last week! Same time, completely different panel.
There’s so much more one could say about the various darkling glories of M x T. Let’s just say it’s a brilliant & moving work that, in its contemporary exploration of the continuing power of the elegy, will repay repeated readings & should be on every reader’s bookshelf.
Read the entire review here.