ADAM SOL - JEREMIAH, OHIO
To mark the release of Jeremiah, Ohio, the politically charged, long poem which pairs the Biblical prophet Jeremiah with the everyman companion, Bruce, on a road trip through the strip malls and back roads of the United States, Adam Sol will have a spirited chat with esteemed poet Darren Wershler. The evening will be hosted by noted journalist and poet Damian Rogers. – A This Is Not A Reading Series event presented by Pages Books & Magazines, House of Anansi and EYE WEEKLY.
Gladstone Hotel 2nd Floor Gallery, 1214 Queen St W, Toronto
Wed, Sept 24; 7:30pm (doors 7:00 pm) free
JEREMIAH, OHIO Award-winning poet Adam Sol reinvents the Biblical prophet and doomsayer Jeremiah for the postmodern age in Jeremiah, Ohio, and sends him on a reeling road trip through the strip malls and back roads of the United States with an ordinary, everyman companion, Bruce. The mismatched pair are thrown together by accident, but come to value each other as they travel in early September toward the "promised city" of New York. The verse in this ambitious, politically charged, and beautiful book alternates between the two main characters -- while Jeremiah delivers strange, super-charged "prophecies" full of incendiary language and deliberately mixed metaphors, Bruce offers down-to-earth catalogues of mundane details and daily struggles in the American empire. With these inspired creations, Adam Sol fully delivers the mastery of language and subtlety of insight promised in his earlier work.
ADAM SOL is the author of two collections of poetry, Jonah's Promise, which won Mid-List Press's First Series Award for Poetry, and Crowd of Sounds, which won the Trillium Award for Poetry. He is also the author of numerous essays and reviews, teaches English at Laurentian University, and is Chair of the Writers' Trust of Canada Authors' Committee.
DARREN WERSHLER is the author of ten books, most recently The Iron Whim: A Fragmented History Of Typewriting. Wershler has spent the past three years collaborating with Rosemary Coombe on the the pilot phase of Artmob, a multisectoral online initiative. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Wilfred Laurier University.
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